Yesterday, a friend of mine posted a link to this article-ish thing on 15 styles of distorted thought. It seems like a useful practice in mindfulness, to me, learning about them and keeping watch for them.
Really, when you think about it, there's a lot in our society that seems to actually encourage distorted thought. Religion, entertainment, politics... (Not each thing in entirety, of course... That would be a thought distortion along the lines of number 13... But still, if you look, you'll find them aplenty in those things.) I suppose people who are properly mindfucked are easier to keep influence over.
The trouble, of course, with encouraging insanity--and, really, that's what distorted thought is: a low-grade, form of insanity--is that all you wind up lord over is a loony bin. And I suppose there are some scavengers who don't have a problem with that. I, on the other hand, have a problem with it.
I would like to live in a sane world. A reasonable world. An intelligent and conscious world. It seems to me, that the start to fixing the world is fixing ourselves by becoming sane, reasonable, intelligent and conscious people. I know for a fact that at one point or another in my life, I've been guilty of each of the issues listed on that page. I've already been working on not being so guilty of them for years, but I suspect this little page will help a bit...