cognitive distortion

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cognitive distortion

PSYCHIATRY

Definition A term of art for unconventional exaggerated or irrational thought patterns or processes that appear to perpetuate the effects of psychopathological states, especially depression and anxiety.

Cognitive distortion plays a role in helping sexual offenders justify to themselves the commission of a particular offence, including rape. 

Synonyms Cognitive errors, thinking errors

References abuse.gactr.uga.edu/terms.phtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion

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