Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has all sorts of tools for helping you help yourself. Simply thinking about this simple A-B-C structure can help you to understand and overcome your negative thinking and start to deal with it constructively:

  • A is for activating events, or triggers – situations past, present, or future that trigger off your thoughts and beliefs.

  • B stands for belief, representing your thoughts and beliefs and includes the meanings you attach to your trigger and how you think about yourself in relation to the trigger. B establishes how you ultimately feel and act in response to your trigger.

  • C is for the consequences of your behaviours and emotions. They are what you do and feel in response to your trigger (A) because of your thoughts and beliefs (B).