Using the example negative thoughts, tell what makes it negative. Tell types of negative thoughts apart. Sort negative and positive thoughts. Determine which type of negative thoughts a student has and which they don't. Have students create names for their negative thinking. Practice exercises to challenge negative thoughts.
3. Stop you doing things – “I can’t do that.”. 4. Are often not true - “I’ll never be able to forget the tinnitus.”. 5. Seem believable; you don’t think to question them. We all have a running commentary of thoughts or “self talk” going on in our heads in every situation. Step 4: Reframe your negative thought patterns with more objective ones. Once you've recognized the cognitive distortions in your negative thoughts and challenged the truth in them, you can replace your negative thoughts with more objective ones. Objective thoughts better fit your situation and are usually a lot more positive as well.