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