There are many common Food Thinking Mistakes that cause us trouble, when we are learning to deal with food in our lives, and develop healthy diet habits.
The following list of common thinking errors is from "The Beck Diet Solution", by Judith S. Beck on page 195 to page 196. All credit goes to her for relating these problems to dieting in such a simple, easy to understand manner with great examples!
You see things in only two categories when there’s a middle ground. Examples would be:
You predict the future negatively, without considering other possible outcomes. Examples would be:
You predict the future too positively, without considering other possible outcomes. Examples would be:
You think your ideas must be true even though objective evidence says not. Examples would be:
You’re sure of what other are thinking, even in the absence of compelling data. Examples of this would be:
You rationalize by telling yourself things you don’t really believe at other times. Examples would be:
You mandate actions, without taking circumstances into consideration. Examples would be:
You link two unrelated concepts (to justify your eating). Examples would be:
You make a situation seem greater, or worse than it really is. Examples would be:
I love these food thinking mistakes, and found myself identifying with each one of the examples personally. It is easy to laugh at some of them, but most of us have used every one of them.
If you want to make lifestyle solutions, you will need to identify your sabotaging thoughts and thinking mistakes. In her book Judith Beck presents “The Seven Question Technique” to help find solutions to these food thinking mistakes. I've summarized these on my follow up page...Food Thinking Solutions. Check it out!
"The Beck Diet Solution", by Judith S. Beck is one of my Top 10 Recommended Books to read along with her six week workbook and has wonderful information about food thinking mistakes and food thinking solutions!