By Oke Chinye
Read: PHILIPPIANS 4:8
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23)
Here are some more examples of how your mind can distort your reasoning:
Blaming / Denying: When you hold other people responsible for your situation in life. For instance, your father died 30 years ago, yet he is still the reason you haven’t made progress in life. You may also take the opposite tack and blame yourself for every problem — even those clearly outside your control.
Filtering: A person engaging in filtering takes the negative details and magnifies them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation. For instance, you pick out a single, unpleasant detail and dwell on it exclusively so that your vision of reality becomes darkened or distorted. When a cognitive filter is applied to your life, you see only the negatives and ignore anything positive.
Emotional Reasoning: Emotional reasoning is when your emotions overtake your thinking entirely, blotting out all rationality and logic. Whatever you feel is believed to be true automatically and unconditionally. If you feel stupid and boring, then you must be so. Emotions are extremely strong and can overrule your rational thoughts and reasoning. You assume that these unhealthy feelings reflect the way things really are— “I feel it, therefore it must be true.”
Polarised Thinking (Black and White Thinking) In polarised thinking, you see things only in extremes—all or nothing. You must be perfect, or you are a complete and abject failure; there is no middle ground.
Jumping to Conclusions: Without the individual saying so, you know what he or she is feeling and thinking—and why they act the way they do.
By learning how to identify and refute inaccurate thinking, you can find more rational and balanced thinking. It starts with feeding your mind with the right things. Guard your minds with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). It’s always a case of garbage in, garbage out.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, founder, The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM)
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