Distorting Reality

I don't know how many times over the years I've listened to family members cite evidence of a loved one's alcohol problem only to hear many of the same events cited by the drinker to prove that he doesn't.

Seems like the subject of cognitive distortion is coming up a lot recently. That's a term used by psychologists to describe a pattern of flawed, inaccurate processing of information, which leads to erroneous conclusions. It happens not only at the level of thinking and belief, but of perception itself. Though it's not abnormal behavior, it's frequently a component of various psychological disorders.

Cognitive distortion is how we explain why, when supporters of two opposing sports teams examine the same video of the same penalty calls made during the same game, they somehow come to the conclusion that the refs were absolutely, positively biased in favor of the other side.

And the tape, they will insist, simply proves it.

I don't know how many times over the years I've listened to family members cite examples of a loved one's drinking problem only to hear the drinker interpret the same events as proof positive that he doesn't have a problem. It can be quite confusing. I...

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Distorting Reality

I don't know how many times over the years I've listened to family members cite evidence of a loved one's alcohol problem only to hear many of the same events cited by the drinker to prove that he doesn't.

Distorting Reality

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Distorting Reality

I don't know how many times over the years I've listened to family members cite evidence of a loved one's alcohol problem only to hear many of the same events cited by the drinker to prove that he doesn't.

Distorting Reality

I don't know how many times over the years I've listened to family members cite evidence of a loved one's alcohol problem only to hear many of the same events cited by the drinker to prove that he doesn't.

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