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 examples – do you recognise any of these thoughts?


Catastrophising is when you tend to see or think the worst in situations.

“If I don’t get that invitation, then clearly absolutely nobody loves me.”

Catastrophising is one of the most unhelpful thinking styles.

It is often used in everyday language, for instance


It’s not going to be the worst thing ever. You might feel very uncomfortable at the time but there are probably worse things.

Another example could be,




Catastrophising is expecting the extreme negative in a situation.