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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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CBT APPLIED TO THE CONCEPT OF FEELING GOOD: DAVID BURNS

In his best-selling book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, David Burns (1980) has provided the general public with a practical guide to understanding CBT concepts and reversing unhelpful thinking. Burns summarizes ten definitions of cognitive distortions:

1. All-or-nothing thinking. You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure.

2. Overgeneralization. You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.

3. Mental filter. You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened.

4. Disqualifying the positive. You reject positive ...

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