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Thought distortions: As young children we are easily overwhelmed, not quite logical, consider ourselves the center of the universe and thus feel responsible for how others treat us. Our need for emotional security is as strong as the need for food or water. When caregivers do not adequately meet our needs (emotional or otherwise), we create thought distortions that are beliefs or defensive strategies to cope. Examples include: “I’m bad;” “I’ve got to be perfect to be loved” or “It’s not ok to ask for what I need.”