Emotional Reasoning

‘Emotional reasoning’ is one of many ‘cognitive distortions’. People with ADHD tend to over-use emotional reasoning compared to others. The consequences can include impulse buying, easily trusting strangers and creating self fulfilling prophecies, usually about low self worth. A Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skill called ‘Wise Mind’ can help. Wise mind is where ‘Emotional Mind’ and ‘Rational Mind’ overlap. Rational Mind is logical and we use this mind state when we are engaged in familiar tasks. Emotional Mind is a mind state that is controlled by feelings. Wise Mind is a mix of the two and therefore helps with decision making by using emotion and logic. Having a picture of Wise Mind on the fridge, as a screen saver, or phone case can remind people to use Wise Mind when decision making. 

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