Today, I want to talk to ya'll about cognitive distortions, the things we tell ourselves that just aren't true and not based at all on reality, and how these lead us to give up. Lately, I've been struggling quite a bit with feelings of defeat creeping up. With the big changes happening in my life, particularly starting a graduate program in a field I have very limited knowledge in, I've noticed that when I find myself getting frustrated with the process of learning something new, I often jump to just wanting to give up.
I believe this is something a lot of us struggle with when trying something new. Maybe a new job, starting school, moving to a new place.. Putting ourselves into new situations and trying to just figure it out as we go can be incredibly aggravating and lead us to that feeling of, "Oh, fuck it! I'm never going to get this, so why try?" Read: those pesky cognitive distortions start to take hold.