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(p. 103) Thinking Skills 

(p. 103) Thinking Skills
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(p. 103) Thinking Skills
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David H. Barlow

, and Michelle G. Craske

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197584095.003.0007
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date: 20 May 2022

This chapter assesses the process of building thinking skills for changing one’s mistaken beliefs and negative thoughts. Years of research have shown that when we become anxious or panicky, we make two mistakes in our thinking. The mistakes are (1) to jump to conclusions about negative events and (2) to blow things out of proportion. These mistakes lead us to believe that events are more dangerous than they really are and to make us more anxious. It is thus important to learn how to correct those mistakes. The first step toward change is to treat thoughts as guesses rather than as facts. The goal is to develop more evidence-based ways of thinking.

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