Should Statements Worksheet

Should statements include negative thinking patterns that lead a person to create unnecessary pressure on themselves, causing stress and making them feel guilty if the goal is unmet.  This worksheet is designed to help you identify the “should statements” you use daily and replace them with alternative positive statements.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

The theories behind this worksheet draw from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns to alter unwanted behaviour patterns or treat mood disorders. Another key theory behind this worksheet is Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), which similarly identifies “shoulds” and “musts” as irrational beliefs contributing to emotional distress.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet serves as a practical tool to recognise, confront, and reframe “should statements” that often lead to feelings of guilt, frustration, and disappointment. By systematically questioning the validity and helpfulness of these statements, individuals can develop a more flexible and compassionate way of thinking. 

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

To maximise the benefits of the “Should Statements Worksheet,” it’s recommended to approach it openly and honestly. Start by identifying recent instances where “should statements” have influenced your emotions or actions. Write these statements down, and then challenge them by asking how realistic or helpful they are. Consider alternative thoughts that are more forgiving and aligned with your values. 

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