Types of Unhelpful Thoughts

Being able to notice unhelpful thoughts is the first step you can take to adjust them to more helpful ones. Have a look at the following 8 common examples – do you recognise any of these thoughts?

black and white thinking

Black and white thinking is when you tend to think of things in extremes.


“If I can’t do what I used to any more, I’m just not going to bother at all.”


A common thought might be,









Always going from one extreme to another.