Mastering Panic:
6)  Pulling the plug on scary thoughts

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Scary thoughts are powered by mistakes in thinking called “cognitive errors.”  As you begin to correct these cognitive errors, the scary thoughts start to run out of steam.  

There are three main cognitive errors that power scary thoughts:

1)  “Overestimating risk”:  overestimating the probability that a scary event will happen

2)  “Emotional reasoning”: believing that a scary event is more likely because you are anxious

3)  “Catastrophizing”: believing that an event would be a catastrophe, when, in fact, it would only be an irritation or an inconvenience

In the next section, you learn how to pull the plug on the first cognitive error, “overestimating risk”.


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