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Cognitive Restructuring: Thoughts on Trial Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with a Cognitive Restructuring: Thoughts on Trial Worksheet. It will help you to challenge your negative thoughts and make you a positive thinker.

What is Cognitive Restructuring: Thoughts on Trial Worksheet?

Thoughts on trial is a technique of Cognitive behavioural therapy, in which the conflicting and irrational thoughts are put on trial. You provide evidence for and against it. The aim of these techniques is not to ‘think happy thoughts’ or to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, rather, it is to overcome biases and to think accurately.

How Cognitive Restructuring: Thoughts on Trial Worksheet helps?

This worksheet is used in CBT to challenge irrational thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts, the Metaphor “Court trial” has been used to make the thought challenge process concrete and absolute. By practising this you will be able to learn practically the ways to challenge your thoughts, it will help you to remove the common thinking errors that you tend to make usually. It will promote unbiased, free and positive thinking.

Instructions on how to use the Cognitive Restructuring: Thoughts on Trial Worksheet

challenge your thoughts with the help of this worksheet, whenever any irrational thought comes to your mind, use the given method to overcome the negativity. This worksheet will help you to think straight without any prejudices, biases and negativity.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with a Cognitive Restructuring: Thoughts on Trial Worksheet which hopefully helped you to challenge your negative thoughts and make you a positive thinker.

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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.