Within Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) there is a cognitive distortion named "disqualifying the positive" where positive events are discounted:
Example: Upon receiving a congratulation, a person dismisses it out-of-hand, believing it to be undeserved, and automatically interpreting the compliment (at least inwardly) as an attempt at flattery or perhaps as arising out of naïveté.
Other examples include:
- That compliment doesn't count. They don't know me yet.
- They are only talking to me because they think me to be something I'm not.
- I got this achievement. Big deal. Anyone else could get it.
- He/she gave me this gift. It's useless like all other gifts I get.
How can this distortion be overcome?