Think Like a Detective
What evidence is there supporting that the negative thought is true? What would convince you that the thought is correct or incorrect?
What would someone who disagrees with your thought say or think? What would you tell a friend who was in this situation to make them feel less upset?
What is the worst thing that could happen if your thought is true? What are other possible outcomes of this thought being true? What is the likelihood that the worst-case scenario will happen? What about that the other outcomes will happen? How might thinking this way impact your relationship with the other person? How has thinking this way worked in the past for you? Are there other ways of thinking about this scenario that may work better?
Brainstorm other thoughts about the situation. Think of (or write down) as many alternative thoughts as you can. Next, evaluate the pros and cons of each thought. How might each thought impact your emotions and behaviors? How might each thought help you achieve a larger goal (e.g., maintaining a friendship, completing a task you care about)?
Challenging Negative Thinking Traps Quiz
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You have a school debate tomorrow. When laying in bed at night, you think “I am going to do absolutely terrible tomorrow. Everyone is going to laugh at me and think that I am stupid.” This is an example of which type of thinking trap?
Asking yourself what evidence there is to support that you will do terribly at the debate tomorrow, is an example of what type of strategy to challenge negative thoughts?
Asking yourself what would you tell a friend who was going through a similar situation as you, is an example of what type of strategy to challenge negative thoughts?
How Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors are Related
Identifying Thinking Traps
Challenging Negative Thoughts
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