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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...

Date: 2011-10-23 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edwarddain.livejournal.com
I suggest that actual mindfulness would reject the concept of "distorted thought". A thought is a thought is a thought - how can it be distorted?

Mindfulness is, among other things, about recognizing thoughts as thoughts rather than anything else, but this is as much about the things that we consider distorted or bad as it is about the things we consider rightous and good.

They are still just thoughts...

D.

Date: 2011-10-23 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] litharriel.livejournal.com
How? Paranoia, delusion, the general harmful mental ruts we're raised with or develop over life. It's about getting rid of illusions. And while the article's certainly not an end all/be all authority (there is no such thing), it does make a person think.

The way a person thinks generally determines the way a person acts. The way a person acts can determine the course of their life.

I'm actually a little curious whether you read the article at all.

Date: 2011-10-23 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edwarddain.livejournal.com
Yes I did. I think that I should probably just bow out and say that I work in a primarily "3rd Wave" Cognitive-Behavioral orientation of therapy - meaning I work with primarily with ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and FAP (Functional Analytic Psychotherapy), along with various Mindfulness-based theraputic techniques.

Philosophically and operationally I have a real problem with the concept of "distorted thinking" on a host of levels and it certainly doesn't match particularly with they way we use Mindfulness as part of therapy. There is a certain significant nuance to the idea of "thinking determines action" that we view differently as well. Certainly all or most of the things on that list are examples of beliefs or behaviors that create problems for people.

My apologies for being half-assed on your journal. I was out of line.

D.

Date: 2011-10-24 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pumagrrl.livejournal.com
I found this article very interesting - and helpful. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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