The Role of Core Beliefs in CBT

Sometimes completing thought records and consistently practicing cognitive restructuring is enough to change our habitual negative ways of thinking. But if we find the same automatic negative thoughts arising again and again, or keep falling back into old patterns whenever we start going through a difficult time, then it’s helpful to look at the core beliefs that are behind our thoughts and behavior.

Core beliefs in CBT are our longstanding and deeply held beliefs:

  • About ourselves
  • About the world we live in
  • About other people
  • About the future
They give rise to our thoughts and behavior. In this video we’ll learn all about core beliefs and how to identify our core beliefs. In the next post we’ll look at how we can start to modify our core beliefs.

Core Beliefs in CBT

If you’d like to explore your core beliefs, you can download the Core Beliefs Worksheet in PDF or Word format. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them on the YouTube video page.