Cognitive Triangle Worksheet


The cognitive triangle illustrates the direct connection between how we think, what we feel and how we behave. Each of these influences one another and the pattern cannot be broken without intervention.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

The cognitive triangle forms the basis of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I

Cognitive triangle is one of the most effective methods to treat mental health issues.

What we think affects how we feel and act.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you change your thoughts (cognitions), and your actions (or behaviours). 

In every situation, your thoughts (conscious or subconscious), will give you feelings or strong emotions that will elicit a certain behaviour.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

The best way to use this worksheet is by writing down your thoughts and categorising them according to emotions and behaviour.

This worksheet will require you to be in a calm state of mind where you can fully focus on your thoughts. 

You will then provide answers to the questions below and reflect on them.

You can use this worksheet as your self-evaluation kit or your daily journal intake.

Cognitive Triangle Worksheet


  1. Make a list of the unproductive/negative thoughts you find yourself thinking  about.
  1. What feelings do you have towards these unproductive/ negative thoughts?
  1. In what ways have these thoughts and feelings affected your behaviour?
  1. Create a replacement thought for each unproductive/ negative thought you have.
Unproductive/ Negative ThoughtReplacement Thought
  1. What are you grateful for today?

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