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As we have talked about earlier, our brain often makes decisions on poor and even false logic. To put it bluntly, our brain often behaves like a terrible scientist with a blind, rock solid belief in his own findings and predictions.
Cognitive therapists have found that our brains come up with similar false facts and errors in thinking that, if left unattended, can start to eat away at our self-esteem and get in the way of us reaching our goals and building healthy relationships.
A negative experience, lack of support, an overwhelming challenge or a loss in a person's life for instance can contribute to the brain creating errors, or cognitive biases in our thinking. It’s important to note that biases are present in most people and can also arise after positive experiences.
If you are self-critical and hard on yourself leading up to achieving success, your brain can start to apply self-criticism as the main strategy to succeed in the future. Telling yourself ‘you’re not good enough’, can become the ‘go to’ inner dialogue to achieve your goals.
These biases can become automatic patterns on how we view the world. They have a tendency to become especially loud and problematic when we are going through difficult times, and are often major contributors in worsening symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Often we are only aware of emotions and actions that follow the biases in our thinking. Learning how to recognise our own biases, allows us the opportunity to become objective and rational in how we think about ourselves, our future and our past.