“I was not invited to that party, everyone hates me”
“My friend didn’t answer my call. She must have gotten into a car accident!”
“I scored low in my test, I will never achieve anything in life”
These are all examples of cognitive distortions: thought patterns that cause people to view reality in inaccurate, usually negative ways. In short, they’re habitual errors in thinking. When you’re experiencing a cognitive distortion, the way you interpret events is usually negatively biased. Most people experience cognitive distortions from time to time. But if they’re reinforced often enough, they can increase anxiety, deepen depression, cause relationship difficulties, and lead to a host of other complications.