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Recognising misleading thoughts

This video discuss misleading thoughts, such as ‘mood control’ and ‘black-and-white thinking’, that can lead to procrastination.

This video gives a more in-depth look into avoidant thoughts: how you can recognise what’s an excuse and what’s not?

Take a look at the excuses you’ve chosen in the previous step.

Please share with the other learners:

  1. One excuse that you regularly use. You may think of one on your own, or take a look at the list of excuses in the previous step. Is it part of a misconception, such as ‘mood control’ or black-and-white thinking?
  2. Now think of a different, and more helpful thought, that could replace the excuse. With helpful we mean that it leads to studying, not to avoiding it. Share your own helpful thought.
  3. What would be the result of believing in this helpful thought instead of the excuse?
  4. Have a look at the posts of others: comment to one or more excuses that you find recognisable.
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