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Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS worksheet)

Amanda Knowles

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On this page we will provide you with Negative automatic thoughts(ANTs worksheet). It will help you know some common negative automatic thoughts present in a person's mind.

What is a Negative Automatic Thoughts (ANTS worksheet)?

Negative automatic thoughts are thoughts present in a person's mind  that can automatically interpret situations and react to feelings e.g i am not competent enough. This NAT can interpret a speech competition.  Person who has this thought will never be eager to participate in such competitions .

How a Negative Automatic Thoughts (ANTs worksheet) will help?

Most of the time are unaware of your negative automatic thoughts. We carry them in mind for years and years .Our nats hinder our performance in daily life activities which further reinforce our negative thoughts.This worksheet contains common examples of negative automatic thoughts.It will help you to recognize your negative automatic thoughts so that you would start challenging  them .

Instructions on how to use the Negative Automatic Thoughts (ANTs worksheet) .

Read the examples of negative automatic thoughts given in the worksheet .Try to identify negative thoughts prevailing in your mind and try to challenge them with the help of asked questions in the table.

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On this page we  provided you with Negative automatic thoughts (ANTs worksheet). It hopefully helped you know some common negative automatic thoughts present in a person's mind.

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Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowled is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.