A good cognitive therapist helps you examine your thoughts and consider how accurate and useful they are. To recognize distorted thoughts, see yourself in a more balanced way, and build self-compassion.
‘Positive thinking’ on the other hand would be telling yourself, “I’m not unlovable, I’m perfect in every way at every moment!!” This is an exercise in futility because you know it is not true. No one is perfect all the time! This kind of positive thinking is ineffective and illogical.
Enjoy! xoxo Lynn