Automatic Thoughts: What Are You Thinking?

Our ability to think is what separates us as a species.  But sometimes, as with every ability, things can go awry.

One of the most common problems that people experience is that of automatic thoughts – patterns of thinking that are often self-critical and destructive that seem to pop up automatically and go unquestioned by ourselves because at some point we got used to them.

This video below from the folks at Wellcast explains what they are, and how we might challenge and change them:

 

On a similar topic, Jonny Benjamin, who was at the centre of Rethink Mental Illness’s “Finding Mike” campaign has made a very insightful video on his personal views about the various intrusive or automatic thoughts that can be associated with mental health problems, arguing “you are not your thoughts” and explains his personal coping methods:

 

 

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