Cognitive Distortions Worksheet
Worksheet published on September 12th, 2016
Worksheet updated on January 11th, 2021
Cognitive distortions are important for people to understand when they are learning to challenge their thoughts and behavior.
Cognitive distortions are patterns in thinking that typically make someone think in the negative and have negative expectations. This can be detrimental to the affected person for many reasons, the biggest being it holds them back from growing mentally and emotionally.
About This Worksheet
This is the Cognitive Distortions worksheet. The goal of this worksheet is to bring to light the cognitive distortions the client experiences.
Everyone experiences cognitive distortions and this worksheet will help the client understand how it holds them back from being happier or more productive. On this worksheet, there is a list of common cognitive distortions people experience:
- All or none thinking
- Focusing on the negative / filtering
- The ‘shoulds’
- Predicting the future
- Mind reading
- Emotional reasoning
- Jumping to conclusions
The client is asked to review 12 cognitive distortions and choose any that resonate with them. They are then asked reflect on how the cognitive distortion affects their life and how they intend to begin challenging them in therapy.
The therapist should go through each of the cognitive distortions on this worksheet with the client and provide explanations for each concept.
After reviewing each cognitive distortion, instruct the client to identify the cognitive distortions that resonate most with them. Instruct the client to reflect on how cognitive distortions affect their life.
This worksheet is great for individual and group sessions. It is intended to be used with adults.