Table 1

Thought records for 3 different cases

Challenging family practice residentAngerThey changed the call schedule just to stick it to meMind reading (the primary attributional error: presuming others’ intentions are sinister)
Personalizing (assuming that likely random events are directed at oneself)
Shoulding (insisting that others should cater to your needs because you’re you (also known as the surgeon’s fallacy)
Tremulous medical CBT traineeAnxietyI’ll never learn CBTEmotionally reasoning (the pseudo-logic that feelings are accurate—because they’re feelings)
Fortune telling (presuming to know the future)
Polarized thinking (believing if you can’t master CBT, there’s no point learning it at all)
Unemployed man with a string of bad job interviewsSadnessI’m a loserFortune telling (presuming that one’s loserhood—if in fact accurate—must continue indefinitely)
Overgeneralizing (concluding that 3 bad interviews equals unemployability)
Polarizing (believing that either one gets another job quickly, or one is clearly a loser)
  • CBT—cognitive behavioural therapy.