What is the theory behind this “ABC OF ANXIETY WORKSHEET”?

ABC model is derived from CBT, which is predicated on the theory that because our ideas, beliefs, and behaviors directly influence how we feel, we can examine and change the way we think and behave in order to change how we feel. 

How will this worksheet help you?

With the help of this worksheet, you can confront and correct your cognitive biases and incorrect thinking. And you’ll be able to successfully reframe your viewpoints and adopt a behavior that is healthier and more encouraging. This worksheet is designed to reduce your anxiety.

How to use the worksheet?

Honestly and openly with yourself, respond to each question on the worksheet. Nothing should be rushed! As though you were speaking to a psychologist, do this homework. You’ll feel less anxious after you’re done.


Activating Event (A)Beliefs about event (B)Consequence (C)
What happened?What anxiety-inducing thoughts did I have about this event?
What were my emotions and behavior during this anxious event?

You can download this worksheet here.

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Beck.JS (2011). Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyound (2nd ed.), New York, NY: The Guilford Press, from