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So what is cognitive vulnerability? It’s the way you interpret stressful life events. Do self-blame and the feeling that factors are beyond your control sound familiar? Apparently, thinking this way puts you at an increased risk for depression. Traditionally, researchers believed that these thought patterns were solidified in early adolescence. Well, they were wrong.
Though this research is in its infancy, the knowledge that cognitive vulnerability is adaptable could yield significant benefits. For instance, future interventions could include altering your social environment. For now, it’s best to ensure that you have a healthy, stress-free roommate environment – assuming this exists. What roommate situations have you survived?