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Download our free ways to challenge automatic negative thoughts pdf to help young people develop resilience. In addition to a strong internal locus of control. Perfect for school counselors and/or therapists who enjoy using cognitive behavioral therapy with children and teens.
Examples of Automatic Negative Self-Talk
Some common automatic negative thoughts that kids have are:
- “No one likes me.”
- “I’m so dumb.”
- “I will never be any good.”
- “I better not cry.”
- “What if everyone laughs at me?”
- “He always tries to get me angry.”
- “I hate myself.”
- “Nobody cares.”
- “Everyone is always out to get me.”
- “She always tries to control me.”
- “No one understands me.”
- “I can’t do this.”
Ways to Challenge Automatic Negative Thoughts
When these types of thoughts pop up, you can help young people challenge them by asking questions such as:
- What is a more helpful thought?
- What is another possibility?
- If your friend had thought this, what would you tell them?
- If the worst really did happen, what could you do to deal with it? Who could help you?
- Can you be 100% sure that this is true?
- What would the people who care about you say?