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Emotional Reasoning

This is probably the one that directly affects anxiety disorders the most. Emotional reasoning is a very common cognitive error. It usually doesn’t show up by itself. Feelings themselves are neither true or false, they just are, so another cognitive error is what usually blurs the lines between our feelings and what is actually happening. It boils down to: Read More…

Magical Thinking

Magical thinking is associating events that do not otherwise have an association. In  many cases, those of us with OCD notice the association of relief from anxiety when one
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Black or white thinking

This one is fairly easy to understand. Sometimes called all-or-nothing thinking, dichotomous
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Jumping to Conclusions

Thinking clearly is a very difficult task. If it were easy, we would be more like the Vulcans from Star Trek. Cognitive errors help us to think and reflect with more clarity about situations and outcomes. Ultimately knowing about cognitive errors helps in cognitive restructuring which is a tool used by CBT therapists. Cognitive restructuring
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Existential and Philosophical OCD

I’ve been experiencing some OCD symptoms since last night and didn’t get any sleep because I was wound up. It was triggered by a book I was reading called “Free Will” by Sam Harris who is a neuroscientist. In it he argues for the philosophical position known as Hard Determinism which entails that free will does not exist. If I were to classify my beliefs on the subject of free will I would tend to fall into a compatibilist camp and maybe even slightly leaning towards a “libertarian” esque free will of my own making. I’m not entirely sure the Read More…

unsaintly saints

A lot of saints are awful people by today’s standards. Some would be shocked Read More…

On Robin Williams

As many of you out there, I’m saddened by Robin Williams’ death. Depression is a serious and real condition that people don’t just snap out of. Having gone through depression, I can only describe it as a skewed view about oneself and the world that arches towards despair. In a sense, it is the belief that things can never improve, that one is trapped in an interminably serious and bad situation. It’s very easy to conclude that Read More…