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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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