Only two days after our last Ep and here comes another, which we couldn't wait to share!
Wikipedia defines a cognitive distortion as an "exaggerated or irrational thought pattern". Back in the 90s, the great Aaron T Beck recognised that there were several identifiable and common negative thought patterns and thought, slightly counter the the prevailing psychoanalytical theories of the time, that these ingrained ways of seeing one's world could, in certain individuals, lead to mental health issues such as depression.
In this episode we explore 15 of these cognitive distortions and are surprised to find how many of them we are victim of in are own funny little ways! This, of course, does not mean we are all suffering from depression, but it certainly suggests that maybe we are not as immune to it as we thought, and need to watch out for unhelpful thoughts in our lives.
This is "Why the long face?". In which we attempt to lift the lid on depression. But doing it in a lighthearted and non-judgemental way.
It is a conversation between two old friends, usually over a drink or two.
Paul is a psychiatrist for 30 years and has done years of research into mood disorders and I am a business consultant who has dealt with a lot of depression and its consequences in the workplace.