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Disputing Overgeneralizations

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in Disputing, overgeneralization, Ten Cognitive Distortions |

A new reader asks how to dispute an "overgeneralization"

Hi Newbie,

Welcome!

I often use "overgeneralization" in a loose way to mean exaggeration. However, if you are using the term in the way that Burns coined it,

OVERGENERALIZATION: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat. You arbitrarily conclude that one thing that happened to you once will occur over and over again. For example, if you get passed over for promotion on the job, you might erroneously conclude: "I'll never get the promotion!"

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