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Specific cognitive distortions

The specific cognitive distortions are instances of the general cognitive distortions (dichotomous reasoning, disqualification of one pole, arbitrary focus, omission of the neutral, requalification into the other pole) that apply to a given duality and/or a given reference class.

For example, arbitrary focus is a general distortion. And mental filter is a specific cognitive distortion that consists in an instance of arbitrary focus that applies to the positive/negative duality.

In the same manner, the disqualification of one pole is the general cognitive distortion which leads to give an arbitrary priority to one of the poles of a given duality. And the disqualification of the positive is then a specific cognitive distortion that consists in the disqualification of one of the poles applied to the positive/negative duality.

Franceschi P., Compléments pour une théorie des distorsions cognitives (in english), Journal de Thérapie Comportementale et Cognitive, 2007, 17, 2, 84-88.

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