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Cognitive Distortions: The “Shoulds” Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with a Cognitive Distortions: The shoulds worksheet. It will help you to stay in your present rather than fussing over the future.

What Cognitive Distortions: The “Shoulds” Worksheet?

Should statements are the kind of cognitive distortions in which people use words like it Should be done, ought to be done, this shows that the person lacks the vision to see the reality. You focus on what you believe should be,  It focuses on the future rather than the present. 

How will cognitive Distortions: The “Shoulds” Worksheethelp?

This worksheet will help you to stay close to reality and be present in your current reality rather than stressing over what should have been or what ought to be, you say, this is what it is. These kinds of the statement” The shoulds’ puts pressure on you about the future which leads to anxiety. By knowing about this cognitive distortion, you will be able to deal with your anxious thoughts effectively.

Instructions on how to use the Cognitive Distortions: The “Shoulds” Worksheet

Next time Whenever such irrational thought appears you identify them and then work on your irrational thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with a Cognitive Distortions worksheet which hopefully helped you to stay in your present rather than fussing over the future.

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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.