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131. How Fundamentalist Are You?

A common phrase that CBT therapists teach their clients is 'thoughts are not facts.' It's not difficult to see how that idea could be helpful when somebody thinks they are worthless, or that everyone is looking at them critically in social situations, or that if they don't clean the bathroom fifty times every day, their family will die of an infection. It's easy to look at someone else's unhelpful thinking and see how distorted it is. But how good are we at doing the same for ourselves? Last night I went to hear a talk by a young man, Jonny Scaramanga, who spent three years, from the ages of 11-14, in a creationist school. I had no idea there were such things in the UK, let alone fifty or