Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Throw away thoughts and Replacement Thoughts

I use this video with children who find themselves having overwhelming negative thoughts through out their day. These negative thoughts lead people to be more depressed, more self-critical and less successful.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) outlines 3 basic steps for rethinking negative thinking:

1. Be aware of the negative thought and record it.

2. Rationalize the negative thoughts into categories. (Assuming & Mind Reading, Shoulds/Musts & Oughts, Fairy Tale Fantasy, Over Generalizing, Catastrophizing...)

3. Replace the negative thought with a more plausible and positive thought.

Drawing attention to negative thinking, naming it and replacing it is something children and adults alike can do to retrain their brains and hearts in an attempt to be happier and more successful.

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