Cognitive distortions cbt worksheet

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What is the theory behind this worksheet?

This worksheet is based on a CBT approach, which is designated to help us understand how our thoughts, emotions and behaviour are connected and how what we think affects the way we feel (Beck et al., 1979).

How will the worksheet help

This worksheet will help clients understand how stressful situations can lead to cognitive distortions and help them recognize what cognitive distortions they might experience in order to combat them.

How to use the worksheet

According to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy view, when we experience emotional distress, our minds tend to distort the way we process information, affecting the way we see the world, how we feel and how we behave. We no longer think in a balanced, flexible and expansive style, but rather in a rigid way, similar to children’s thinking patterns, leading to numerous psychological problems. These processes are commonly called “cognitive distortions” (Rnic et al., 2016).

To combat them, it’s first important to recognize them. Go through the following list and see if you can think of personal examples of such cognitive distortions.

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Beck, A. T., Rush, A., Shaw, B., & Emery, G. (1979). Cognitive therapy of depression. New York, NY, USA: Guilford


Rnic, K., Dozois, D. J. A., & Martin, R. A. (2016). Cognitive distortions, humor styles, and depression. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 12(3), 348–362.