CDs: CONSEQUENCES of use (Part 2)

CDs consequences -2

or I’ll never get what I need or want

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EFFECTS of habitually using COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS (CDs) – (cont.)

a. Effect Decision Making
• CDs act as obstacles, stopping us from being productive & create worries that hold us back from doing something that could be beneficial
• they easily discount info that disagrees with our existing beliefs
EXP: The ‘Anchoring’ CD can throw off negotiations by getting us stuck on an arbitrary value
• interfere with the quality of our work & concentration, since they drain energy, disturbing the nervous and digestive systems
• limit leisure & time spent with family & friends
• great reduce or eliminate satisfaction in our achievements
• waste time & energy, & are therefore a poor use of our intelligence

b. Hamper Problem Solving
• waste time, energy & $$ spent fixing avoidable problems
• impede creativity: a ‘Framing Bias’ will make us look at a problem too narrowly, while the ‘Illusions of Control’ can make us over-estimate how much influence our actions will have in a situationdecision-making

• interfere with the 4 skills needed in Decision-Making:
define & formulate a problem (able to understand its exact nature, cause-effect relationships, identify obstacle in the way of the goal & form realistic objectives)
generate alternatives (able to brainstorm a variety of solutions)
make decisions (able to predict possible consequences & their likelihood, & conduct cost-benefit analysis of the desired outcome)
implement & verify a solution (able to optimally carry out a plan, monitor its effects, troubleshoot if the solution isn’t working
▶ and validate oneself when the outcome is successful!

c. Limit Learning
• prevent us from going back to school to reach a goal or change careers (‘Disqualifying the Positive’, ‘Perfectionism’, Mental Filter’…)
• reduce how much we achieve (NOT what we’re actually capable of).
If we say “I can’t handle this”, “this is too hard” …. we probably won’t even try, since the subconscious believes what we say to ourselves
• short-circuit how much we can learn. The ‘Von Restoff Effect’ makes us over-emphasize some info over other which may be more important. ‘Clustering Illusions’ can trick us into thinking we’ve absorbed more that we actually have

• CDs can disrupt sleep, causing constant exhaustion, since many of us obsessively worry right before dropping offCD illness
• can cause hyperventilation, breathing faster & shallower, leading to less oxygen delivery & so less nutrients to the whole system
• can lead to excessive sweating, which removes blood flow to hands, making them cold and clammy
• contribute to eating disorders, from extremes of over-eating to a complete lack of appetite
• decrease activity in the brain’s temporal lobes, slowing down our ability to think & process information, and the cerebellum, causing moodiness, depression & poor memory

• distorted & negative thoughts contribute to the cause of some illnesses (along with diet, environment, genetics…), like auto-immune diseases, colitis, ulcers…. & can shorten life by damaging the immune system. As negativity subtracts from our energy, the body lowers its defenses. (See: psycho-neuro-immunology)
• increase & flatten heart rate, causing it to work harder, less efficiently & over time lead to heart disease
• increase muscle tension, leading to head, back aches & overall body aches
• make the body react chemically with fear, overworking the adrenal glands, which eventually get worn out

5. SOCIAL – CDs:
• create conflicts in a wide variety of relationships (home, work, school…)
• form barriers to healthy communication – messages get cloudy causing social phibiamisunderstanding, anger, resentment & frustration in the receiver of the muddled messages
• make us less than desirable company – most people don’t have time or patience with constant negativity. People’s vibes affect each other – moods are contagious….. & who wants to catch a bad mood?
• make us tend to focus on people’s flaws, degrading our connections
• make us overestimate the probability (projecting) that unpleasant social events will occur, so we either don’t go anywhere, don’t participate at gatherings or act out inappropriately

➼ MENTAL HEALTH: Studies have also shown that positive thinking, optimism, gratitude & appreciation of the things we enjoy in our life enhance brain function and decision-making skills. They cause us to be calmer, more relaxed, happier, and feel better.

NEXT: Boundaries Defined (Part 1)

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