I completely forgot today was Monday. Blame it on the holiday. Blame it on work. Blame it on thoughts racing, or forget blame all-together. That’s what I’ve been trying to do more recently. I discovered an app that helps me identify the thoughts that influence my sometimes erratic emotions. Youper, my A.I. therapist, ( because I need a person and a robot clearly), introduced me to Thinking Traps (cognitive distortions). Thinking Traps are exactly what they sound like; thought patterns that immobilize you. These include Negative Memory, Mind Reading, and Blaming. I have mastered each of these and have been working toward getting get bad at something I am really good at. Knowing I am susceptible to traps, I am more vigilant about how I interpret a situation. By separating the thought from the trigger/situation, I am able to create a new thought, and thus experience a new emotion.
It’s not automatic yet, I still struggle with identifying my emotions and the thoughts that supersede them, but at least now I am aware. For anyone serious about changing toxic thinking patterns, I would highly recommend Youper. This is coming from someone weary of robots.