What is the theory behind this Prediction testing record worksheet?
Negative predictions arise when you assume the worst outcome for every future event. These thoughts come in the face of a particular trigger. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy, One way to deal with these predictions is to challenge them by questioning, i.e. to examine what evidence the client has based these assumptions on.
How will the worksheet help?
The purpose of this worksheet is to challenge the negative predictions clients have regarding future outcomes by dissecting every prediction and evaluating how accurate they are on the basis of reality.
How to use this worksheet?
To use this worksheet, answer the following questions about each and every prediction, especially if they are causing you distress and leading to anxiety and avoidance. Be as clear about each prediction as possible. Then assess those predictions by responding to the ‘challenge questions’ in the table below.
Prediction testing record worksheet
|What is the fact-based proof in favor of this prediction?|
|Evidence against this prediction|
|What is the worst possible outcome in your opinion|
|What is the best possible outcome in your opinion|
|How will i cope with the worst outcome|
|How many times the same prediction had come true in the similar instance in my past|
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