The brain continually processes information, whether a person is conscious of the fact or not. Much of this consists of signals sent to organs and areas of the body, to ensure functionality and maintain order. However, there are times where the brain attempts to convince a person of something that isn’t exactly true. From over analyzing an event to attempting to back up a bad decision with rational thought, nearly everyone experiences something known as a cognitive distortion.
Cognitive distortions do not fall under a one size fits all definition though. There are, in fact, many different variations of cognitive distortions. Identifying and understanding the most common variants can help an individual not only correct these distortions and prevent the mental distraction, but also learn why the brain acts as it does. Here are 30 of the most common cognitive distortions nearly any individual might experience in their given life.