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January 13, 2019

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Self-Talk: Personalization

Philippians 4:4-9

Personalization is a cognitive distortion that makes us take the actions and behaviors of others personally, which in extreme form, can misplace blame on ourselves for events outside of our control. We can often feel like the central cause of misfortune in our circumstances. This distortion blurs the line between the spheres of our concerns and those of our influences, often cultivating an unhealthy feeling of responsibility for uncontrollable outcomes and sabotaging growth potential. Through nurturing a perspective of nuance and understanding the dichotomy of concern and influence, we can see how the gospel message invites us into a partnership of flourishing and fruit with the Father.

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