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Socratic Techniques for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with the Socratic Techniques for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts.  It will help you restructure your negative thoughts patterns into some productive thoughts.

What are Socratic Techniques for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts?

Socratic questioning is one of the techniques of Cognitive Behavioural therapy, it is used to challenge and change irrational thoughts to rational and positive ones. In this technique your negative thoughts and core beliefs are targeted and tried to change by the use of Socratic questions, rather than providing evidence, certain types of probing questions are asked. 

How will Socratic Techniques for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts

Socratic questioning is an art, just by seeking evidence and asking questions you target the innermost core beliefs that remain hidden. This will help you to maintain your relationships in a healthy way. It is kind of a cognitive error that you keep perceiving the information in a negative way all the time, you rely on your prejudices, lies and on mere speculations.

Instructions for the  use of Socratic Techniques for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts

Use this worksheet to learn Socratic questioning technique, practice makes a man perfect. With time you will be able to learn to question and target your negative thoughts.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with the Socratic Techniques for Changing Unhelpful Thoughts Hopefully, It helped you restructure your negative thought patterns into some productive thoughts.

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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.