Cognitive Therapy

Working on Negative Thinking

  • The Double Standard - This method basically comes down to talking to yourself with compassion the way you would a friend.If you are saying "I'm a failure! I mess everything up!" The trick is to imagine it is a friend saying these things to you. What would your response be to that friend? Open up a dialogue with yourself. 

  • Examine the Evidence - Examining the evidence is basically like "Putting Your Thoughts on Trial." You will go over the evidence that both supports your negative thought, but also debunks it. For example, if you feel like a failure, your evidence may be that you failed your test. The evidence that goes against this is that you have passed numerous tests before and succeeded at many other things.