Challenging Negative Thoughts

Depression, poor self-esteem, and anxiety can often be the result of irrational negative thoughts. Someone who regularly receives positive feedback at work might feel that they are horrible at their job because of one criticism. Their irrational thought about job performance will dictate how they feel about themselves. It is important to become aware of our thinking patterns in order to  challenge our irrational thoughts. Awareness of our thoughts can help us change them.


Answer the following questions to assess your thought:
  •  Is there substantial evidence for my thought?
  •  Is there evidence contrary to my thought?
  • Am I attempting to interpret this situation without all the evidence
  • What would a friend think about this situation?
  • If I look at the situation positively, how is it different?
  • Will this matter a year from now? How about five years from now?


It is important to pay attention to the evidence regarding a thought before we make a judgement on anything.