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Cognitive Distortions

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Cognitive distortions are irrational thoughts that influence how you see the world, how you feel, and how you act. It’s normal to have cognitive distortions occasionally, but they can be harmful when frequent or extreme.

The Cognitive Distortions worksheet identifies and explains some of the most common cognitive distortions. The included examples demonstrate these thinking errors in daily life.

Use this CBT worksheet to educate clients on how to recognize cognitive distortions and their impact on mood. By minimizing or avoiding these irrational thought patterns, clients can maintain a more balanced perspective, lower anxiety, and feel better about themselves.

After identifying cognitive distortions, the next step is often to challenge them in a process called cognitive restructuring. For resources related to cognitive restructuring, see our Decatastrophizing and Thoughts on Trial worksheets.