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Dr Una hosts me on her Doctor's Changing Medicine Podcast

podcast Oct 06, 2022

I am so honored to have been interviewed by Dr. Una on her Doctors Changing Medicine Podcast.

Take a Listen HERE

 

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Common Physician Thought Distortions, Overgeneralization

We continue to look at common thought distortions affecting the entire population that do not spare us as a physician community. And some seem to be more prevalent for us. This week we will review overgeneralizations.

 

Overgeneralization. This is when we take something with a negative outcome and generalize it to include everything with similarities. Its' equivalent in a scientific study would be an underpowered one (in which the sample size is analytically too small to...

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Common Physician Thought Distortions, Mind-Reading and Personalization

Continuing our series on thought distortions, we will look at two more in the assumption category this week - mind-reading and personalization.   

 

Mind-reading is assuming you know what someone else is thinking. And guess what? Sadly, we aren’t actually psychic.

 

When getting to the PCU and finding the cardiologist shaking her head as she reads your note on a mutual patient, you may think you know what’s in her mind. If you assume she is thinking,...

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Common Physician Thought Distortions, Jumping to Conclusions and Catastrophizing

This week we are moving into what I classify as the assumption category of thought distortions. We will look at the first two of four - jumping to conclusions and catastrophizing.

 

Jumping to Conclusions. This pattern of thinking automatically assumes the worst. It's not intentional but a well-worn pathway that lights up. People with this knee-jerk response often get labeled as "negative" or the "Debbie-downers." But remember, it exists for reasons. It is often a response to how we've...

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Common Physician Thought Distortions, Mental Filter and Dismissing the Positive

We are currently in a series reviewing the top thought distortions physicians display. They are not unique to the medical field by any means, but these are the ones that often are uncovered in coaching. Being able to identify them clearly, makes it malleable so you can decrease the unnecessary stress they brings with them. Last week we looked at all-or-nothing thinking and should statements, and today we will look at two closely related thought errors – dismissing the positives and...

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Common Physician Thought Distortions, Should-statements and Polarization

Last week, I introduced the most common thought error patterns in physicians. This week we will look at two prevalent distortions.

 

I'll start with one of the most easily recognizable cognitive distortions. 

 

The should (not) statement. "Shoulds" pretend to be motivating, but in reality, they add more burden to our mental load. 

 

They can be self-directed such as, "I should call that patient." Self-directed should-statements often lead to guilt, defeat,...

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Common Physician Thought Distortions, Overview

Piggybacking on the Optimizing Our Mindset as Physicians series, I’d like to bring to light some common thought distortions to which we are not immune. Dr. Ali Novitsky, my original and ongoing physician coach, and her husband, Dr. Mark Novitsky, a psychiatrist, were the first to introduce this concept at a conference I attended a few years back. 

 

I was aware that there were times I and those I worked with were wrong in our assumptions, but I didn’t have the framework...

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