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Vicious & Virtuous Cycles Worksheet

Amanda Knowles

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On this page, we will provide you with a Vicious & Virtuous Cycles Worksheet  It will help you understand the vicious cycle of negative thoughts and ways to develop positive thinking patterns.

What is a Vicious & Virtuous Cycles Worksheet?

A vicious and virtuous cycle are two sides of the same coin, 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 behaviors and ultimately leading to negative actions. While, on the contrary, the virtuous cycle is a series of a positive chain of events that reinforce one another. It’s a series of positive events, one positive event leads to another positive event. This premise is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which believes that how you interpret the events determines how you feel about them.

How will a Vicious & Virtuous Cycles Worksheet help?

The worksheet will help you to understand how your perception affects your behaviors 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. A virtuous cycle will teach you to stay positive and different ways of staying positive.

Instructions on how to use Vicious & Virtuous Cycles 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 know how you are stuck in your vicious cycle and need to move onto the virtuous cycle.

You can download this worksheet here.

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On this page, we provided you with a Vicious & Virtuous Cycles Worksheet, which hopefully helped you to understand the vicious cycle of negative thoughts and ways to develop positive thinking patterns.

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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.