What is the theory behind this Positive Belief Record worksheet?
Positive Belief Record is a technique used in Cognitive Therapy to help replace negative core beliefs with positive ones. It requires gathering specific evidence, whether big or small, that supports a new positive belief that is an alternative to an existing negative belief. It is a slow but rewarding process that can cause actual scheme change.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help record evidence in support of a positive core belief that is an alternative to a previous unhelpful and negative core belief. This practice will make an individual actively look for supportive evidence for a positive core belief which will eventually help in strengthening it.
How to use the worksheet?
Write down the unhelpful core belief that you are aiming to change. Write down a helpful positive core belief that can replace it. Then proceed to gather evidence in support of the new belief or evidence against the old belief. As soon as you experience something no matter how insignificant, write it down so you do not forget it or undermine its importance.
Positive Belief Record Worksheet
Use this worksheet to gather evidence in support of your new and alternative positive core belief that is meant to replace the old and unhelpful negative core belief. You can also write any evidence that negates the negative core belief.
Remember to note down any experience as soon as it happens no matter how small or insignificant it seems to you.
|Old, Negative Core Belief|
|Alternative Positive Core Belief|
|Evidence that supports the new positive core belief||Evidence against the old negative core belief|
Padesky, C. A. (1994) Schema Change Processes in Cognitive Therapy. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 1(5), 267-278.
You can download this worksheet here.