How Faulty Thinking Can Prevent You From Living Your Best Life | Self-Care Hacks Episode 153

It's so easy to resort to faulty thinking when it comes to our physical appearance. What I discovered about my calves shocked me. #thoughtdistortions #cognitivedistortions #distortions #livingyourbestlife #mentalwholeness #mentalhealth #feelinggood #selfcare #selfcarehacks #podcast #growth #SelfCareSunday

It’s so easy to resort to faulty thinking when it comes to our physical appearance. What I discovered about my calves shocked me.

Do You Suffer From Faulty Thinking?

“Don’t you remember when the Roman soldiers came to the door?” I asked my older sister about thirty years ago.

“What?! Roman soldiers? What in the world are you talking about?” she answered.

“You know,” I said, speaking more slowly, wondering at my memory, “Mom would turn the lights off, shut the curtains, and we’d have to be really quiet so the Roman soldiers wouldn’t arrest us.”

My sister burst into laughter. “I remember nap time each afternoon, and Mom turning the lights off and closing the curtains so we’d fall asleep more easily.”

“No,” I insisted. “I distinctly remember knocking at the door, peeking out the window, and seeing Roman soldiers.”

“That’s some crazy faulty thinking,” my sister assured me. The Jehova’s Witnesses or Mormon missionaries would come by every couple of weeks, and Mom always ignored them.”

“Why did I see Roman soldiers?” I wondered.

“Mom always played the Bible in Living Sound records during our nap time,” my sister reminded me. “You must have confused the missionaries at the door with the records.”

I still shake my head at the convoluted thinking five-year-old mind came up with. Not just faulty thinking, but faulty interpretations of events. Even worse, I waited over 20 years to share my ‘memory’ with anyone. For some reason, I thought I had to keep it a secret. Most likely because we were supposed to stay quiet during nap time.

The Lies We Believe About Ourselves

But how often do we have faulty thinking in other, not-so-amusing areas of our lives? I can attest to how easily I fall prey to cognitive distortions in my life. The devil likes to present distortions as the truth in areas we feel most vulnerable. For me, it’s my weight and my overall appearance. For others, it might be something else.

In order to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally, we need to learn about faulty thinking, also known as cognitive distortions. It’s also helpful to understand the role of emotions in our lives.

Listen to today’s podcast and let me know in the comments section if you’ve ever fallen prey to any of the ten distortions. How have those distortions prevented you from living your best life?

If your struggle with faulty thinking has led you to depression, seek professional help immediately!

Show Notes

This book by Dr. David Burns is easy to read and full of ways to deal with our cognitive distortions: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.

It's so easy to resort to faulty thinking when it comes to our physical appearance. What I discovered about my calves shocked me. #thoughtdistortions #cognitivedistortions #distortions #livingyourbestlife #mentalwholeness #mentalhealth #feelinggood #selfcare #selfcarehacks #podcast #growth #SelfCareSunday

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1 Comment

  1. That’s hilarious! But then I just wonder how many things I remember from early childhood did not exactly mean what I thought they meant!
    Interesting! I’m definitely going to have to listen to this podcast.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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