Negative thoughts are a lens through which people might see themselves, others and the world and they have a dim greyness to them. 

They might seem cynical, gloomy and complaining. 

Depression, poor self-esteem and anxiety are often the result of irrational negative thoughts.   Someone who regularly receives positive feedback at work might feel that they are horrible at their job because of one criticism.  Their irrational thought about job performance will dictate how they feel about themselves.  Challenging negative thoughts can help to change them. 

Answer the following questions to help assess your thoughts:

  • Is there substantial evidence for my thought?
  • Is there evidence contrary to my thoughts?
  • Am I attempting to interpret this situation without all the evidence?
  • What would a friend think about this situation?
  • What is the most likely thing to happen?
  • What is the worst thing that could happen and if it did, so what?
  • If I look at the situation from a positive perspective, how is it different?
  • Will this matter a year from now?  How about five years from now?  
  • Are any cognitive distortions at play?

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