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Pictorial: Vicious Cycle Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with a Pictorial: Vicious Cycle Worksheet.  It will help you understand the vicious cycle of negative thoughts.

What is a Pictorial: Vicious Cycle Worksheet?

A vicious cycle is a negative series of events that build on and reinforce each other, like if you negatively perceive a situation or interpret any event then it leads to negative emotions,  negative emotions lead to the negative behaviours and ultimately leading to negative actions. This premise is based on Cognitive behavioural Therapy, which believes that how you interpret the events determines how you feel about them and how you evaluate the situation affects your emotions and behaviours. 

How will a Pictorial: Vicious Cycle Worksheet help?

The worksheet will help you to understand how your perception affects your behaviours and actions.  This will help you understand and break the negative vicious thought pattern. It will make you mindful of the fact that how one single negative interpretation of the situation leads to another negative event. This worksheet will make you mindful of your behavior 

  • Situation: The triggering factor
  • Thought: How you interpret the situation, positive and negative
  • Emotion:  How you feel. If thought is positive, then feelings will be positive.
  • Behavior:  How you react to the stimulus.

Instructions on how to use the Pictorial: Vicious Cycle Worksheet

Keeping in mind all the components, fill the worksheet carefully. Whenever you encounter any problem that provokes you to react irrationally, take out this sheet, and start filling it. After filling it, you will get to know how you are stuck in your vicious cycle.

Other worksheets you maybe interested in 

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Pictorial: Mood Diary Worksheet

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On this page, we provided you with a Pictorial: Vicious Cycle Worksheet which hopefully helped you to understand the vicious cycle of negative thoughts.

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.

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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.