Something I often hear in my office is, “am I normal?” Some people get really angry and judgemental with themselves for having thoughts that are irrational or illogical, and to that I say, quit it! It is very ‘normal’ (and inevitable) to sometimes have patterns of thought that don’t make sense.
What kind of thoughts am I talking about? Here are some examples:
- “I just had a fight with my girlfriend; our relationship must be over.”
- “My boss didn’t seem interested during my presentation; she must hate my work.”
- “I failed my entrance exam; I guess I’m not cut out