Oh man, we just read a really super long article and now I don't even know where I am anymore. But it was really fascinating and had a list at the end of common cognitive distortions. The idea is if you can identify these distortions, you can reevaluate what's going on in your life based on real facts, and be happier in general. Apparently it's one of the more effective ways to fight things like depression and anxiety.
I'll just copy and paste the list here for my own reference.
A partial list from Robert L. Leahy, Stephen J. F. Holland, and Lata K. McGinn’s Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (2012).
1. Mind reading. You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidence of their thoughts. “He thinks I’m a loser.”
2. Fortune-telling. You predict the future negatively: things will get worse, or there is danger ahead. “I’ll fail that exam,” or “I won’t get the job.”
3. Catastrophizing.You believe that what has happened or will happen will be so awful and unbearable that you won’t be able to stand it. “It would be terrible if I failed.”
4. Labeling. You assign global negative traits to yourself and others. “I’m undesirable,” or “He’s a rotten person.”
5. Discounting positives. You claim that the positive things you or others do are trivial. “That’s what wives are supposed to do—so it doesn’t count when she’s nice to me,” or “Those successes were easy, so they don’t matter.”
6. Negative filtering. You focus almost exclusively on the negatives and seldom notice the positives. “Look at all of the people who don’t like me.”
7. Overgeneralizing. You perceive a global pattern of negatives on the basis of a single incident. “This generally happens to me. I seem to fail at a lot of things.”
8. Dichotomous thinking. You view events or people in all-or-nothing terms. “I get rejected by everyone,” or “It was a complete waste of time.”
9. Blaming. You focus on the other person as the source of your negative feelings, and you refuse to take responsibility for changing yourself. “She’s to blame for the way I feel now,” or “My parents caused all my problems.”
10. What if? You keep asking a series of questions about “what if” something happens, and you fail to be satisfied with any of the answers. “Yeah, but what if I get anxious?,” or “What if I can’t catch my breath?”
11. Emotional reasoning. You let your feelings guide your interpretation of reality. “I feel depressed; therefore, my marriage is not working out.”
12. Inability to disconfirm. You reject any evidence or arguments that might contradict your negative thoughts. For example, when you have the thought I’m unlovable, you reject as irrelevant any evidence that people like you. Consequently, your thought cannot be refuted. “That’s not the real issue. There are deeper problems. There are other factors.”
And for anyone who's interested (and has time), here
's a link to the article. It's about how trigger warnings are hurting mental health on campus. The point is not that trigger warnings should be done away with, but that college isn't a good place for them. I'm going to add to this my own experience with anxiety, because I think it applies. I don't think I talked about it much, but a few years ago when I got bronchitis, the albuterol they gave me caused me to be perpetually nervous for about a year. I don't know what a diagnosis of anxiety feels like, but I imagined it felt a lot like that, although I admit I never had any panic attacks.
Anyway, the point is that I had some triggers that made me freak out even more than I already was, and the funny thing about it is that my trigger was the term "trigger warning." How can you have a trigger warning for the term "trigger warning"? There was no winning, except for me to get over it. Obviously there are much more serious cases where whatever the trigger sets off could hurt the person involved, and those cases should be treated, and the point of the article is that trying to avoid triggers will only perpetuate the need for the warnings. After all, if we can't talk about problems, how can we solve them?
Wow, this turned out to be a much different post than I'd been planning. Originally, it was just going to be a very short post about how our dearest wish in life right now is to finish Persona Q. It was starting to look impossible, but yesterday we made a breakthrough! We finished the request that seemed impossible, and another one that gave us a super power-up! So now we have hope for the future. And in the meantime, the computer still occasionally gives us Labyrinth of Grimm wallpaper as a reminder that Labyrinth of Thumbelina is a game we really want to play.
Today I'm thankful for helpful power-ups, finally finishing that one request, finishing our translation of Your Lie in April today, Noragami: Stray Stories hitting bookstore shelves today, and tomorrow finally being the day to post our review of Noragami 8. We thought about posting the reviews for Noragami 8 and Stray Stories together because we heart them both so very very much, but then we thought maybe that would end up being too long. So what do you guys think? Do you want to read a lot
about our love of Noragami tomorrow, or would you rather savor each review?