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Emotional Reasoning

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Diane Dowling

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of Emotional Reasoning

Emotional Reasoning
Leads us to distort the truth which can result in poor decision making
Analogous to the blurred view when we open our eyes under water

Coming to a general conclusion based on one event or a few events
Typical terms used when overgeneralizing include “always”, “everyone”, “never”

Mind Reading
Occurs when we assume we know what others are thinking or assume that others should know what we are thinking

Occurs when we focus on the negative details of a situation-we “filter” out all the positive

Goal as Critical Thinkers...to be able to see clearly
Be aware
Map out the general beliefs behind your emotions
Analyze the specific situation that caused your thinking
Consider other interpretations of the situation
Prepare for action
Accept good changes and also accept reality
Use semantic devices
Occurs when people expect a disaster
Commonly use the term “what if”
Can reflect the lack of trust in our ability to adapt to change

We assume that general statements or actions are made in reaction to us

False belief that perfection is possible
Perfectionists have a hard time accepting their own humanity and the limits of other human beings

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