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Cognitive Distortions: Filtering Worksheet

Amanda Knowles
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On this page, we will provide you with a Cognitive Distortions: Filtering Worksheet. It will help you recognize and get rid of your mental filters that might cause issues in your day to day affairs.

What Cognitive Distortions: Filtering Worksheet?

Cognitive Distortions are thinking errors. They are irrational, harmful, and mostly inaccurate thoughts. They develop over time in response to adverse events. Filtering is a type of cognitive distortion in which you unconsciously choose to give importance to only one aspect of the situation, which is usually harmful.  In this cognitive distortion, you concentrate so intensely on one part of a task or a problem that you can't even see the rest. 

How will Cognitive Distortions: Filtering Worksheet help?

The only way to fight these cognitive distortions is to know about them and understand how they work. Identifying these Cognitive distortions will help you deal with your anxiety and make you a functional, productive individual. By knowing about them, you will be able to make decisions correctly in the future.

Instructions on how to use Cognitive Distortions: Filtering Worksheet

In this cognitive distortion, you concentrate so intensely on one aspect of a task or a situation that you tend to filter out all the positive aspects of the problem. You filter out the positive vibes and take in all the negativity.

You can download this worksheet here.

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Cognitive Distortions: The “Shoulds” Worksheet


On this page, we provided you with a Cognitive Distortions: Filtering Worksheet, which hopefully helped you recognize and get rid of your mental filters that might be causing issues in your day to day affairs.

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


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.

If you live in the USA then you could contact Mental Health America who may be able to assist you further.

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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.