This is the final installment of our series on the most common “cognitive distortions,” or thinking errors.
Cognitive distortion #9 is…
Disqualifying the positive
What it is:
“Disqualifying the positive” is a cognitive distortion that involves downplaying or dismissing positive experiences, achievements, or feedback while focusing solely on the negative aspects of a situation.
It’s almost as if we possess a selective lens that filters out all the good, leaving us only with a distorted perception of reality. This distortion undermines our ability to appreciate and enjoy positive moments in our lives.
When it happens:
Disqualifying the positive can rear its head in various situations, often when we find ourselves struggling or feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few common factors that increase the odds of engaging in “disqualifying the positive”:
What to do if you catch yourself disqualifying the positive