David Burns Worksheet

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What is the theory behind David Burns’s worksheet?

David burns introduced some new approaches in psychotherapy to deal with psychological problems such as anxiety depression, phobias, etc. His very known feeling good book suggests how we can improve our functioning and work on our problems effectively by identifying negative thinking patterns and changing them into positive and helpful ones. Therefore, recording your thoughts, feelings, and behavior daily and changing them into positive ones can help you cope with your problems.

How will this worksheet help you?

This worksheet can help you in recording your negative thinking patterns, behaviors, and feelings in any situation that is upsetting for you. By identifying negative thoughts you can effectively change them into realistic and rational thoughts that help you in behaving appropriately. You can also identify your emotions and intensity in different triggering situations with the help of this worksheet.

How to use this worksheet?

This worksheet can be used in digital form or as a hard copy as well.

  1. Just simply write the triggering event and your thought, distortion, and alternative thought against it.
  2. Note down your emotions in every situation and the intensity of that emotions.
  3.  Reflect back on what you have written and see how cognitive distortion affects our lives. 

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