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Thinking Styles: Example

Here are some of Helen's Automatic Thoughts, and the Thinking Styles that describe them:

"He is angry with me." Mind Reading, Personalization
"Something terrible has happened to him." Catastrophizing
"He never calls when he says he will." Overgeneralization
"He doesn't love me. I am not good enough for him." Mind Reading, Personalization, Blaming
"He is seeing someone else. He wants to leave me. No one likes me. I am going to be lonely forever." Catastrophizing, Mind Reading, Chain Reaction

As you can see, some thoughts reflect more than one Thinking Style. This is not uncommon. From Helen's example, it seems that some of her most common Thinking Styles are Mind Reading, Personalization, and Catastrophizing.

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