Dealing with Negativity through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Part of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

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).