Unhelpful Thinking Styles

Our mind controls everything. I’ve been saying this a lot lately, because I’ve been hyper-focused on it. For better or worst, what we think, determines so much of our life. This is something that I’m studying (books, therapy, conversations) and finding ways to grow in areas that I would consider unhealthy. Here’s a breakdown of all ten unhelpful thinking styles.

All or Nothing Thinking

Sometimes called black and white thinking’.

Mental Filter

Only paying attention to certain types of evidence.

Jumping to Conclusions

There are two key types of jumping to conclusions:

Emotional Reasoning

Assuming that because we feel A certain way what we think must be true.


Assigning labels to ourselves or other people.


Seeing a pattern based upon a single event, or being overly broad. The conclusions we draw.

Disqualifying the Positive

Discounting the good things have happened or that you have for some reason or another

Magnification and Minimization

Blowing things out of proportion (catastrophizing), or inappropriately shrinking something to make it seem less important.


Using critical words like should’, must’, or ought’ can make us feel guilty, or like we have already failed.


Blaming yourself or taking responsibility or something that wasn’t completely your fault. Conversely, blaming other people for something that was your fault.

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