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Wellbeing: Faulty thinking patterns

Faulty thinking patterns can present a real threat to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at recognising and responding to these ‘cognitive distortions’

Some tools that are used in the treatment of mental health conditions are incredibly useful and can be readily used by anybody in order to promote their wellbeing.

One such tool is responding to faulty thinking patterns or cognitive distortions.

This is a simple technique used to treat anxiety, but it can also be used to promote wellbeing and protect against the negative impacts of anxious thoughts and feelings in all pupils (and staff).

The premise is simple, we learn about common faulty thinking patterns and we look out for them in our own thinking – and when we spot them, we challenge them.

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