In CBT we modify our automatic negative thoughts and cognitive distortions with a technique called cognitive restructuring. Cognitive restructuring involves changing our thoughts to make them more accurate and reflect reality better. And when we do this, we reduce our levels of anxiety.
Cognitive restructuring allows us to modify and reframe our anxious thoughts and worries to arrive at a more balanced perspective. It’s not a form of positive thinking. We’re not trying to change our negative thoughts into thoughts that are overly optimistic. We’re just coming up with ways of looking at things that are more accurate and realistic.