Ever feel like everything is against you? Or like you are stuck in negative thought patterns?
One pattern to watch out for is overgeneralization. Alot of us do this, it's dramatic, very easy to do, and makes us feel hopeless. It's also lazy, it gives us an excuse to never change.
Change is scary I know, but often it is necessary and something that needs to happen. The only thing constant in life is change.
Overgeneralization usually involves words like always, never, every time, or everyone. These thoughts make a situation out to be worse than it really is.
For instance, “I have always struggled with health issues; it will never change” or “Every time I get stressed, I fall into bad patterns.” "I will never meet the right person because I am unlovable." "I will never lose weight, my family is just larger, it's genetics".
Are these thoughts accurate? Do you know it will never change? Do you have to fall into bad patterns every time, without exception? Are you really unlovable- absolutely no one loves you? It's impossible for you to lose weight? Of course not.
Overgeneralizations make you believe you have no control over your actions and that you are incapable of changing them.
If you tend to think in overgeneralizations, write them down and challenge them. Look at them from a logical standpoint. If you are struggling, ask friends or family to come up with ways for you to combat these overgeneralizations.