COGNITIVE DISTORTION #6. MAGNIFICATION (CATASTROPHIZING) OR MINIMIZATION

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COGNITIVE DISTORTION #6. MAGNIFICATION (CATASTROPHIZING) OR MINIMIZATION: You exaggerate the importance of things (such as your goof-up or someone else’s achievement), or you inappropriately shrink things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities) or the other fellow’s imperfections. This is also called the “binocular trick.”

RESOURCES: This is one of ten Cognitive Distortions that can drive us downward into depression identified by Dr. David Burns in works such as Feeling Good and The Feeling Good Handbook. It is mentioned in my handout on PSYCHOLOGICAL TOOLS FOR PERSONAL WHOLENESS, David O. Kueker, Kinmundy/Wesley United Methodist Church in the section entitled 1. THE WAY DOWN.

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