mental filtering

mental filtering

The selective evaluation of a complex situation with both positive and negative elements: positive mental filtering occurs when a person ignores or downplays negative aspects of a situation or criticism, which is typical of a manic reaction and indicates a skewed sense of reality; negative mental filtering prevents a person from coping with internal conflicts and emotions.

mental filtering

Psychology The selective evaluation of a complex situation with both positive and negative elements; positive MF occurs when a person ignores or downplays negative aspects of a situation or criticism, is typical of manic reactions, and indicates a loss of reality sense; negative MF prevents coping with internal conflicts and emotions. See Cognitive therapy, Distorted thinking.
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It's all too easy to fall into negative thinking styles like all-or-nothing thinking - if I've not done it perfectly, then it's absolutely useless; mental filtering - noticing my failures more than my successes; overgeneralising - nothing ever goes well in my life; and labelling - I'm a loser.