Beck says that we have to realise that our thoughts are ideas, not truths. However, because the thoughts are our own, we convince ourselves they are truths and this leads us to diet-sabotaging behaviours. She lists 9 common thinking errors.
- All or nothing thinking.
- Negative fortune telling.
- Overly positive fortune telling.
- Emotional reasoning.
- Mind reading.
- Self-deluding thinking.
- Unhelpful rules.
- Exaggerated thinking.
Can you imagine ending a relationship of a fight? Or abandoning your child because you realised you made a bad parenting decision? Or quitting your job because you missed a deadline?
I have also been guilty of Unhelpful Rules - this one is so silly when I see it on paper, yet I fell into this mode of thinking so many times!!! Beck gives the example of "I can't waste food" and "I can't inconvenience my family by cooking healthier meals".
Her remedy to combat misguided thinking?
Take a guess...come on, I know you can get this one!
Based on Day 25's exercise, match the misguided thinking to the sabotaging behaviours/thoughts and come up with responses to review each time these misguided thoughts rear their ugly head.