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On this page, we will provide you with a CBT defense mechanism worksheet, which will help you to make use of CBT when you are using a defense mechanism.

What is a CBT defense mechanism worksheet about?

People use defense mechanisms in anxiety-provoking situations, it is an unconscious mechanism that reduces anxiety created by unacceptable or harmful stimuli. These psychological mechanisms usually protect a person from feelings of anxiety and danger to self-esteem. There are different kinds of defense mechanisms but the most common are projection, displacement, repression and regression.

How will the CBT defense mechanism worksheet help?

This worksheet will help the client to realize what most common defense mechanism he/she has been using in his life, the use such defense mechanism has its own thoughts and beliefs if a person’s beliefs he can repress all of the bad memories because he can not face it or it has no solution then cbt has to be applied to change his erroneous cognition.

Instructions on how to use the CBT defense mechanism worksheet.

Read the situation given below and write down your reaction, then write down what your thoughts and beliefs are about the reaction.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with a CBT defense mechanism worksheet, which hopefully helped you to make use of CBT when you are using a defense mechanism.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Mental help Resources

The worksheets on this site should not be used in place of professional advice from a mental health professional. 

You should always seek help from a mental health professional or medical professional. We are not providing any advice or recommendations here.

There are various resources where you can seek help.

You could use Online-Therapy if you feel you need counselling.

If you live in the UK then this list of resources from the NHS may help you find help.

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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.