Unhelpful Thoughts

So what is an unhelpful thought? Here are some traits to look out for when you’re trying to sort your thoughts.

Is it automatic?

Is it a thought that has popped up without warning or prompting? These thoughts can happen at any time or place.

Is it distorted?

This is a thought that is often inaccurate, one-sided and biased towards the negative.

Is it plausible?

A completely believable thought that arrives disguised as a fact. It’s important to remember that thoughts are just thoughts, not facts.

Is it difficult to switch off?

Once you’ve thought a thought, especially a negative thought, it can be really hard to stop thinking it. Unhelpful thoughts can be hard to switch off and are really distracting.


Here’s a short video featuring Professor Rona Moss-Morris who explains how Thought Sort can help in recognising and dealing with unhelpful thoughts.