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How Distorted Thinking Increases Stress and Anxiety

Source |   |  BY:Toni Bernhard J.D.

I learned about cognitive distortions in the 1990s from a book by David Burns called Feeling Good: The New Mood TherapyI’d just moved from the faculty wing at U.C. Davis’ law school to serve as the dean of students. I knew how to teach law…but I didn’t feel competent to help students who were struggling emotionally.

When I shared my concerns with a therapist friend, she recommended Feeling Good. She said it would help me recognize when students were engaged in distorted thinking patterns that were increasing their stress and anxiety. I don’t know who benefitted more from the book: the students or me personally!


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