What is the theory behind this Impulsivity therapy worksheet?
Impulsivity can be defined as an inability to postpone gratification that is common to many mental illnessses such as eating disorders, pathological gambling and suicidal behavaior.
This worksheet is based on the Cognitive Behavioural approach to therapy which helps people identify triggers of their impulsive behaviours and deal with the feelings, thoughts and emotions associated with it.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet uses the ‘Advantage/Disadvantage’ analysis as proposed by Beck, to examine how they are affected by their impulsive actions. It will help them think about the good and bad consequences of their impulsive behaviours, motivate them to continue seeking help for it and lower chances of relapse.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet is to be used in the initial sessions to assess clients’ motivation to quit and introduce the need for and importance of adhering to self-monitoring.
With this worksheet, clients will be able to have a look at how their life is affected by impulse control behaviours and how different it could be if they quit. Ask the clients to answer the questions given below.
Impulsivity therapy worksheet
|What are the positive consequences of my impulsive behaviour?||What are the negative consequences of my impulsive behaviour?|
|What will be the positive consequences if I quit my impulsive behaviour?||What will be the negative consequences if I quit my impulsive behaviour?|
- Write five ways your life will be different if you quit your impulsive behaviours? (for e.g your career, close relationships, hobbies/interests, professional life etc.)
Beck, J. (2020) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Basics and Beyond, 3rd edition. The Guilford Press.
Neto, R. & True, M. (2011). The development and treatment of impulsivity. Psico. 42. 134-141.
Grant, J.E., Donahue, C.B. & Odlaug, B.L. (2011) Overcoming Impulse Control Problems: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Program. Oxford University Press, Inc.
You can download this worksheet here.