Difference between Thoughts and Feelings Worksheet

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Thoughts are ideas, perceptions, or opinions produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind, whereas feelings are reactions to emotions, sensations, or other brain interpretations around us. 

Thoughts give us a perspective or something to hold onto, whereas feelings are mental associations. Until we learn how to notice our thoughts and question them, automatic thoughts will give rise to feelings, positive or negative.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Restructuring

This therapeutic technique has been successfully used to help people identify, challenge, and alter their negative/ distorted thinking patterns and beliefs.

  1. Exposure Therapy

This therapy gradually exposes individuals to places, thoughts, or situations that create anxiety or fear in an effort to control and overcome those emotions.

  1. Mindfulness

This is the act of focusing your attention on the present moment, noticing and accepting the thoughts and feelings that show up rather than judging or worrying about them.

  1. Behavioral Activation (BA)

This therapy involves decreasing our avoidance and increasing our involvement in activities we value. BA also teaches us how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are linked.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help you identify, challenge, and replace negative/ distorted thinking patterns with more accurate, effective, and positive thoughts.

This worksheet will also teach you how to constructively experience different types of feelings to improve your mental health.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used when you feel trapped in a certain mindset or can’t escape certain thoughts and feelings negatively pulling you down.

This worksheet can serve as your self-reflective tool to manage and control your thoughts and feelings.

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