Negative Thinking Patterns: How to identify, understand & break them
by Simon Mott
The topic at a glance
I once heard someone say addicts are “egomaniacs with an inferiority complex”. This struck a chord with me. In my head, I can still have negative thinking patterns, a dialogue that includes unhelpful self-talk springing from irrational core beliefs.
After years of CBT and working on my negative thinking patterns I realise at a deeper level my negative core beliefs turn in on me and degrade me. But before they do this they turn on the world and other people. I read about ABC model, and it goes something like this…
Thought 1 – anxiety at situation (catastrophising)
Thought 2 – anger at others (blaming)
Thought 3 – self-pity with self (self-loathing)
Some common negative thinking patterns
Negative Thinking Patterns – The Solution
So what do we do now we have identified our negative thinking patterns? I suggest writing them down on a piece of paper and then next to them write down the healthy thoughts. These will be your affirmations, and it really helps to repeat them daily for a while. Very soon you will not only remember them but, automatically, when you get negative thinking patterns, your new, improved thought patterns will counter them.
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