Many of the distorted thinking styles listed in this change article are very similar to those for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) . Wow! I agree that if negative thoughts arise, it’s good to change your focus onto something else but it’s also good to stop and analyze WHY those thoughts occur and work through them. Mindfulness exercises, concentration on breathing, a walk in the fresh air or listening to uplifting music can help in any circumstance to help one work through negativity.

Change the Things You Can


There are two types of attitude in every workplace, positive and negative attitudes. Negative attitudes can result from a series of factors including the overall workplace environment, the attitude of superiors and the individual themselves. Positive attitudes can result from the exactly the same situational and personal factors. What is the difference? The difference is in the thinking.

People with a negative attitude may have a lot of reasons to be less than positive in their workplace but the primary reason for their negativity is actually their thinking. Scientists and researchers who have studied this phenomenon have come up with a long list of thinking patterns that they call distorted thinking styles. Have a look at the list and see if you can recognize yourself or others in your workplace.

  • Filtering: You take the negative details and magnify them while filtering out all positive aspects of a situation.
  • Polarized Thinking:…

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