Automatic Negative Thoughts

Thursday, February 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Often times we believe our thoughts are facts when they are really just thoughts that come and go in our minds. When we’re feeling worse, these tend to visit us more often. Don’t take my word for it, look over the phrases below with the questions at the bottom in mind.

  1. I feel like I’m up against the world
  2. I’m no good
  3. What can’t I ever succeed?
  4. No one understands me.
  5. I’ve let people down.
  6. I don’t think I can go on.
  7. I wish I were a better person
  8. I’m so weak
  9. My life’s not going the way I want it to
  10. I’m so disappointed in myself
  11. Nothing feels good anymore
  12. I can’t stand this anymore
  13. I can’t get started
  14. What’s wrong with me?
  15. I wish I were somewhere else.
  16. I can’t get things together
  17. I hate myself.
  18. I’m worthless.
  19. I wish I could just disappear
  20. What’s the matter with me?
  21. I’m a loser
  22. My life is a mess.
  23. I’m a failure
  24. I’ll never make it.
  25. I feel so helpless.
  26. Something has to change.
  27. There must be something wrong with me.
  28. My future is bleak.
  29. It’s just not worth it.
  30. I can’t finish anything.

How strongly, if at all, do you believe each of these thoughts RIGHT NOW?

When you were at your worst (most anxious or depressed), how strongly did you believe these then?

This list was created by Kendall & Hollon (1980), “Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire”.

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