Ten common crazy beliefs

Without recognizing it, irrational beliefs may be limiting you and your life. Do you believe any of the following myths?

  • I must be loved, or at least liked or approved of, by everyone.
  • To be worthwhile, I must never make mistakes and must succeed at everything I do.

  • When people say, do, or believe things that I don’t, they must be mad or bad.

  • If things don’t go the way I want them to it is a catastrophe.
  • When I am unhappy it is because of things completely outside of my control and there is nothing I can do about it.

  • I need to worry about all the dangerous, frightening, and unpleasant things that might happen.

  • It is easier to put off something difficult or unpleasant than to face it.

  • I need someone to depend on and take care of me. Being alone is terrible.
  • Events in the past caused my current problems and there is nothing I can do now to solve them.

  • Other people’s problems and unhappiness should upset me. If they don’t, it means I’m cold and callous.


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