CBT Thinking Errors Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this CBT Thinking Errors Worksheet?

Thinking Errors, also called Cognitive Distortions, are irrational and faulty thinking patterns that one becomes habitual of following without even realising. These thinking errors distort an individual’s perception of events in a negative way despite there being no actual evidence to support it. CBT seeks to make individuals aware of these thinking errors so that they can take back control of their feelings and actions instead of letting them be controlled by their faulty thoughts. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet can help clients learn about some common thinking errors by reading their description and writing irrational and alternative thoughts as an example. This exercise will help them identify errors in their own thinking which may be contributing to their distress and other related issues. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used prior to helping the client identify their own thinking errors. Instruct the client to read the descriptions of some common thinking errors and write down an irrational thought and an alternative thought as an example. Any issues in understanding can then be addressed in session. 

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