cognitive distortion

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cognitive distortion


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


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