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Vicious Cogs Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with a Vicious Cogs Worksheet  It will help you know the factors that contribute to your problems.

What is Vicious Cogs Worksheet?

Vicious cogs are the metaphor used for the perpetuating factors that contribute and enhance your problems. Cogs are a variation of the “vicious flower”. By considering the example of a simple clockwork mechanism, we can see how the smaller cogs keep the large central cog. The smaller cogs are the factors that keep adding to your inner most problems silently (bigger cog). Vicious cogs are an extension of a vicious cycle, one cog after another cog keeps reinforcing the problem and the cycle keeps getting repeated, making it hard to control and break the cycle. Hence it is very important to control this vicious cycle

How will the Vicious Cogs Worksheet help?

The worksheet will help you to find out the factors that contribute to your problem, depression or anxiety be it any problem. The issue you face is a symptom of the bigger problems, the problems or the factors that are unknown but keep making the things worse silently. This worksheet will help you to find all such factors. This worksheet will help you to find out the cogs that act as the perpetuating factors for your problems.

Instructions on how to use the Vicious Cogs Worksheet

It is essential to know about your triggers so that you can learn to manage or get rid of all the perpetuating factors that contribute to your anxiety or problem.

You can download this worksheet here.

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Vicious & Virtuous Cycles Worksheet

Virtuous Flower Worksheet

Vicious Flower Worksheet


On this page, we provided you with a Vicious Cogs Worksheet, which hopefully helped you know the factors that contribute to  your problems.

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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.