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Emotional reasoning is a cognitive process that occurs when a person believes that what he or she is feeling is true regardless of a presented evidence.
Emotional reasoning amplifies the effects of other cognitive distortions: a boy whose insecurity about failing a written test might assume that he misunderstands the material and therefore randomly guess, thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure. Could he not consciously answer, he also might from subconscious memories intuit a correct answer and feel certain of being correct.
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