"I feel, therefore I am" is a simple way to describe emotional reasoning. This cognitive distortion can make a you believe that since you feel a certain way then you must be that way. For example, if you are feeling inadequate or unattractive, you may begin to believe that you actually are these flaws.
People with panic disorder often believe that since they feel anxiety, then they must be in danger. This emotional reasoning can further escalate common panic disorder symptoms, including panic attacks and avoidance behaviors.
Do you allow your feelings to define your reality? Find more about this bothersome negative thinking pattern. Read the full article on emotional reasoning.