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Unhelpful Thinking Styles

Unhelpful thinking styles are also known as ‘Cognitive Traps’ or ‘Maladaptive Coping Skills’.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme helps to identify and change ‘Unhelpful Thinking Styles’ through the use of a range of practical tools and exercises.

But what actually are unhelpful thinking styles?

We have identified a number of these thinking patterns that contribute to limiting beliefs and negative outcomes.

When you follow our CBT programme you will systematically work through these styles identifying which ones you ‘have’ and then learning new tools and strategies to change them.

Each of these unhelpful thinking styles ‘develop’ over the years, sometimes they are learnt from significant others in our early development, but in almost all cases they have simply become an ‘habitual’ way of thinking and as with any other habit, they CAN be changed with a little time and effort.

Find out more about these common unhelpful thinking styles by clicking on the links below.

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Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills.

All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground and thinking in ‘polarised’ terms.
Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future.
Mind Reading – Thinking we know what others are thinking.
Emotional Reasoning – Mistaking feelings for facts.
Overgeneralising – Turning the exceptions into rules.
Labelling – Making general statements about complex issues.
Imperative Thinking – Thinking in very narrow terms about the options.
Confirmation Bias – The filtering of reality to fit with existing beliefs.
Low Frustration Tolerance – Telling yourself you can’t cope when you can.
Personalisation – Making yourself the centre of the Universe.
Discounting the Positives – Over-emphasising negative experiences.

Unhelpful Thinking Styles Explained

All of the unhelpful thinking styles that we address at TranceForm are really nothing more than ‘habitual’ forms of thinking.

In other words, despite the fact that each particular style may have been adopted in order to ‘make sense’ of a situation, or perhaps developed to be able to cope with an unpleasant feeling, the chances are that the original ‘need’ for this type of thinking has long since gone, but the thinking style has remained.

In fact, it has simply become a habit that happens ‘automatically’ without the need to consciously ‘engage’ the style in the first place.

Recognising this can be extremely helpful as research shows, quite clearly, that habits can be changed relatively easily by applying (1) active management of the unhelpful thinking style, and (2) substitution with a more helpful alternative.

These thinking styles can be replaced, through repetition, with new and more useful thinking.

Why Managing Unhelpful Thinking is Useful

What most people don’t realise is that the vast majority of emotions that we experience, almost regardless of what those emotions are, are ‘created’ as a direct consequence of a thought (or cognition) in our minds.

This is the basic premise of ‘cognitive’ interventions – the idea that emotions and behaviours are the direct result of a thought.

Whilst it IS true that some emotions are capable of being expressed without a conscious thought, the vast majority of emotional response are indeed caused by ‘thinking’ something first.

Crucially, therefore, the most effective way of changing the way that we ‘feel’ is to change the way that we think, and this is the cornerstone of our beliefs-based cogntive behavioural therapy course.

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Overcome Your Problems with our CBT Course

Our 10 session course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is clinically proven to be effective across a range of different psychological problems.

Using an online learning platform, it is available with 2, 5 or 10 sessions of clinical support either face-to-face in the Wombourne offices, or using Zoom video facilities.

It can also be taken as a self help CBT course that will teach you the fundamental tools and techniques used throughout the mental health profession.

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