WHAT ARE THE OVERGENERALISATION AND MENTAL FILTER IN MENTAL HEALTH?

FHDM PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY CLINIC -SENIOR ACCREDITED PSYCHOTHERAPIST-Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

OVERGENERALISATION

You see a single negative event such as a romantic rejection or a career reversal , as a never – ending pattern of defeat by using words such as ”always ” or ” never” when you think about it.

A depressed sales man became terribly upset when he noticed bird dung on the windshield of his car. He told himself, ” Just my luck! Birds are always crapping on my car.”

MENTAL FILTER

You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively, so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened, like the drop of ink that discolour a beaker of water.

Example: You receive many positive comments about your presentation to agroup of associates at work, but one of them says something mildly critical.You obsess about his reaction for days and ignore all the positive feedback.



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