A cognitive distortion is any thought you have that feels real but may not be accurate. This can sometimes cause you to feel stressed and/or upset. Understanding these types of thoughts can help to reduce the negative impact they might have on you, your mood, and how you work towards your goals.
Here are a few examples of cognitive distortions to help you understand what these thoughts might sound like:
“I am the worst cook in the world.“
In this example, you may have just burned dinner tonight, but in general you make healthy and delicious meals. This cognitive distortion is taking one night of a dinner mishap and turning it into a general statement about your cooking ability, which is not accurate. This may cause you to feel upset, down on yourself, and/or potentially result in you avoiding cooking in the future.