1. All or Nothing / Black and White / Polarized Thinking – thinking you’re good or bad, smart or dumb. Seeing a person as perfect or completely flawed. Not seeing the shades of gray of life, the middle ground.
2. Overgeneralization – When something goes wrong you assume everything will go wrong. Someone breaks up with you and you assume nobody will like you.
3. Focusing on the Negative – You focus on the negative and you ignore the positive. You get 2 A’s, 2 B’s, and a D. Instead of focusing on the positives out obsess on the D.
4. Jumping to Conclusions / Mind Reading / Fortune Telling – You assume the worst. You think you can read minds. People are laughing and you assume it is about you.
5. Catastrophizing – You magnify the negative. You decide a small setback is a major catastrophe. You magnify your faults and ignore your achievements.