Labeling is an extreme form of all-or nothinh thinking . Instead of saying,”I madfe a mistake,” you attach a negative label to yourself:” I am aloser.” You might also label yourself ” a fool”or ”a failure” or” a jerk” . Labeling is quite irrational because you are not the same as what you do.Human beings exist,but”fools,” ”losers,” and ”jerks” do not. These labels are just useless abstractions that lead to anger, anxiety,frustration and low self-esteem.
You may also label others . when someone does something that rubs you the wrong way , you may tell yourself ” He is an S.O.B.” Then you feel that the problem is with that person’s” character ”or ”essence”instead of with their thinking or behaviour . You see them as totally bad. This makes you feel hostile and hopeless about improving things leaves little room for constructive communication.
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