How Do You Think When Your Emotional Distress?  How Do You Think When Your Emotional Distress?

By Dr Leow Chee Seng B.Sc(Hons) Community Health (UPM), MBA (UPM), DBA (UBI), MMIM, MIHRM, MIM-CPT, CAHRP (Consultant), Certified E-Commerce Professional (Mal), Certified Professional Trainer (MIM, PSNB), Certified Stress Management (IACT, USA), Certificate Qualitative Research (Georgia, USA) Certificate in Homeopathy Medicine (Mal) According to information-processing model which posits that during psychological distress, a person's thinking becomes more rigid and distorted, judgements become overgeneralized and absolute, and the person's basic beliefs about the self and the world become fixed. For example, there is a morning when I was waken up by a phone call. My emotional is disturbed. No matter what facts came to me it was transformed to a negative thought. From there, common information processing errors found in emotional distress include a) All or nothing thinking: situation are viewed in "either/or terms". For example, you are either happy or not happy in life. Then you will choose, I am not happy. b) Jumping to conclusions: justments are rushed. During depression or emotional disturb, we claimed that, "The therapist doesn't help me!". or "No one can understand me!" c) Mind reading: descending the thoughts of other without any accompanying evidence. For example, "My brother didn't smile at me this morning, so means he is unhappy with me. d) Labelling: attaching labels to oneself instead of to one's behaviour, " Because I can't cook a nice dinner, this means I am a failure." e) Emotional reasoning: assuming that feeling are facts. This is proven from the following example, : I feel incompetent, so it must be true." We must identify and correct these errors in our thinking facilitates the return of information processing that is more evidence-based, flexible and relative (non-absolute).

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