Negative thoughts that are NOT fact-based are called “distortions” or “irrational” thoughts.
Mastering the skill of recognizing and changing distorted thoughts is central to effective CBT treatment. Learning how to fight these harmful thoughts requires a little education and a lot of practice. Here’s how it works:
- Click on one of the “Start Here to Practice” examples (on the right sidebar) that is similar to your bad thought OR click on the Practice! tab.
- I’ll describe why it is distorted and offer examples of fact-based thoughts to replace it
- You (and others) can post a comment offering other fact-based thought replacement suggestions
- You can also offer your own distortions by clicking the Suggest a Distortion tab
Notice I have links to Free Practice Logs. You can print them off or download them as a .pdf files.
There are links to other useful sites as well.
Remember, practice, practice, practice!
Best wishes and thanks for visiting!