The Most Common Thinking Traps (Part 1)

By Diana Lopez

Part 1May 1 2022


Our minds can be tricky sometimes, often convincing us of falsehoods that trigger negative emotions. These thoughts can spiral into a cycle that feels impossible to escape, but the good news is that we have the power to break free. By recognizing and interrupting negative thought patterns, we can gradually replace them with more positive and optimistic beliefs. So don’t give up hope, with practice and patience, a brighter outlook is on the horizon!

Welcome to the world of Strategic Psychotherapy, where we recognize the messy habits of our minds. These thinking traps, known as cognitive distortions, have a sneaky way of tricking us into perceiving things incorrectly. But fear not! Strategic Hypnotherapy, has arrived to save the day, this tool provenly helps to rewire our thought patterns and bring us closer to a more accurate reality. Say goodbye to your negative thinking traps and hello to a more effective way of thinking.

External Locus of Control

Prepare yourselves for the ultimate cognitive distortion – the one to rule them all! It’s the classic victim mentality, where everything is the fault of external factors – objects, people, events, you name it. It’s the glue that holds all other cognitive distortions together – the belief that we have no power over our situations and the tendency to blame everyone but ourselves for our emotions. It’s time to grab life and take control because the victim mentality won’t get us very far.

Globalisation: Everyone and everywhere

Do you ever find yourself thinking “this always happens to me” after just one rough encounter? That’s catastrophizing. And it’s not just limited to personal relationships – it can lead to overwhelming abstract thinking in problem-solving too. Suddenly everything feels like a crisis and you don’t know where to start. Let’s break it down and take it to step by step, shall we?

Internal Orientation

Your emotional state is basically the Instagram filter for your life. It’s the lens through which you view everything happening in the now. But, beware – using your emotions as evidence for the “truth” can lead to some serious misinterpretations. And let’s be real, being overly wrapped up in your internal world can cause problems in just about every area of your life. So, it’s time to switch up that emotional filter and see things in a new light!


Are you one of those people who just can’t seem to stop dwelling on the past? Or maybe you find yourself constantly worrying about the future instead of focusing on the present? Well, it’s time to work on your compartmentalisation skills. Otherwise, you’ll end up using your feelings as a guide for everything from big decisions to insignificant everyday tasks. And let’s be real, fear is not a fun emotion to live with. So, let’s learn to separate those negative events and thoughts from the present and start living in the now. Trust us, it’s much more enjoyable that way.

Catastrophising or Low Tolerance for Ambiguity

Do you know someone who always needs to have everything planned out? They might suffer from a low tolerance for ambiguity. They constantly worry about worst-case scenarios, even though they usually never happen. It’s like they have a need for control and safety at all times. But maybe they just need to work on their risk assessment skills. Can we get an “amen” for #livingontheedge?

Time Orientation

Stop living in the past (or future)! Embrace the present and take advantage of the time continuum at your fingertips. It’s like having a time machine, but way better because you can still make tomorrow better than today. So, seize the day and make the most of every moment!

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