In every situation, an automatic thought occurs, which affects what emotions we feel and how we behave. When automatic thoughts are negative, they can lead to negative emotions such as sadness, anger, worry, and frustration. These feelings can result in problematic behaviors which make it hard for us to complete schoolwork and engage in positive social interactions.
are how we interpret or think about the situation
are the feelings that occur as a result of the thought
are an action in response to our thoughts and emotions
Over time, these skills can lead to more positive thoughts and emotions in future situations, and regular use of more adaptive coping skills.
Additionally, emotion regulation skills may encourage positive behaviors that help people experience positive emotions as a result. There is no single strategy to manage difficult thoughts and emotions.
What works for one person in a situation, may not work for someone else. Over the next couple weeks we will discuss different strategies and have you practice using them in different situations to see what works best for you.
Remember: Think – Feel – Do
How Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors Are Related Quiz
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Which of the following is false about how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors relate?
Label each example as being a thought, emotion, or behavior.
Feeling sad because your best friend’s mad at you
Isolating yourself and avoiding others
Thinking that no one likes you
Yelling at your parent
Frustrated because your homework is hard
Believing that things will never get better/easier
How Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors are Related
Identifying Thinking Traps
Challenging Negative Thoughts
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