Unhelpful Thinking Styles
Unhelpful Thinking Styles & How To Change Them
Our Psychological training programmes help 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.
The most significant unhelpful thinking styles are:
- 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 – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – (or NOT taking account of the positives) I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize!
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it anymore
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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.
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.
Transform Your Unhelpful Thinking Styles
If you’re committed to overcoming your unhelpful thinking styles then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
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For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of conventional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.