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COGNITIVE DISTORTION #9. LABELING AND MISLABELING: This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attach a negative label to yourself: “I’m a loser.” When someone else’s behavior rubs you the wrong way, you attach a negative label to him: “He’s a g-d-mn louse.” Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.
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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