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 eight 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 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.