These paraphrased concepts reflect the work of Aaron T. Beck and The Institute for Cognitive Therapy
- Taking a specific event and generalizing to such an extreme as to include all similar events in our lives. It includes a negative evaluation of ourselves.
- Selective Abstracting:
- Taking an event and evaluating it by one specific, negative aspect rather than all its parts that give a more accurate and realistic assessment.
- Magnifying a negative element of a specific event to such an extent that it is represented as a disaster of catastrophic proportions.
- Accepting too much personal responsibility for a negative situation or outcome.