Aren’t we all wishing to be able to mind-read?
We all have it, to some level, or believe in having it. But nevertheless, we practice it every day.
Mind-reading sounds like science fiction, but it is actually a psychological concept that describes the process of understanding what other people might be thinking. Mostly unaware, but we use mind-reading every day.
It can help us understand another person’s viewpoint, sarcasm, or even lying. So, in small doses, it can be helpful.
However, overdoing mind-reading can be harmful the mental health.
For example, in relationships, many people make the critical mental mistake of overestimating a partner or family member’s ability to read their thoughts, assuming that anyone who knows them well should also know what they think or feel.
Furthermore, we are often anticipating what others might think of us.
We can make mistakes about what others think of us, which can harm our relationships and mood. Mind-reading often leads to depression and anxiety, especially social anxiety.
Watch your thought patterns for a short time and try to recognise whether you are mind-reading or not. When you identify some mind-reading patterns, challenge the common cognitive distortion. It will help you reduce self-consciousness, shyness, and negative feelings such as anxiety and depression.
The truth is, it’s better to leave mind-reading to sci-fi movies and ask for information or confirmation.
If you think that you are often mind-read, affecting your self-esteem and relationships, please get in touch; we can challenge those harmful negative thinking patterns together!