Distorted thinking can lead to feelings of depression and prevent you from achieving your goals.
Exaggerating is a form of distorted thinking. Exaggerated thoughts involve critical or negative thinking and uses the following terms: never, nothing, everything, or always.
John didn’t get the promotion he wanted. Now he thinks he will never get a promotion and will always be a loser in the workforce.
Instead of participating in exaggerated thinking, John should assess the situation. He can look for ways to improve his resume with experience or education, so he has a better chance at the next promotion.
If John refuses to participate in exaggerated thinking, he will realize that one failure is not the end of his career. It also doesn’t mean John is a failure.