Blaming is an irrational way of thinking evidenced by frequently holding others responsible for their suffering. On the other hand, some may manifest it in the opposite view by blaming themselves for every concern. For example, someone with a blaming mindset often tells his friends that they are causing him emotional pain. However, we can actually do something about how we emotionally react to others’ actions. Blaming is one of the most common types of cognitive distortions based on Aaron Beck’s cognitive theory. These different types were developed by David Burns, a student of Beck.

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