What are thinking traps?
Thinking traps are patterns or habits of thought that keep you “trapped” in distress, anxiety, or negativity. It’s common to fall into these traps every now and then, but people who struggle with their mental health may find themselves stuck in these traps more frequently and for longer periods.
The most common thinking traps are described below:
What are the dangers of thinking traps?
How do I get out of a thinking trap?
It’s easiest to fall into a thinking trap (or thought hole) when you face adversity, uncertainty, or insecurity.
Here are five steps that you can follow to avoid getting stuck in a thinking trap:
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Define and efficiently identify common thinking traps
- Develop skills to prevent them from getting stuck in negative patterns of thought
- Use the 5 C’s – catch, check, collect, challenge, change – to develop more accurate and flexible thinking styles
- Examine evidence for and against a negative thought to prove that it’s a distorted view of reality
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