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Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATS) Introduction

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This is an introduction to the CBT concept of Negative Automatic Thoughts (NATs). Starting to understand and identify NATs is key to self awareness, and the starting point for making meaningful changes in our lives. As these NATs are occurring regularly and are so familiar to us, we often don't notice them for what they are.
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I do have a lot of negative thoughts .
Automatic Negative Thoughts I have to realize that it is not healthy and it is taking a toll on my life.
Having a lot of negative thoughts
I do tend to have quite a bit of negative thoughts throughout the day. Most happen when the process of something is going slow or I’m not seeing any results automatically
Very helpful.
I have a lot of NATs throughout my day, and sometimes they can cause a pretty extreme anxiety reaction. I need to get better at stopping them from escalating to the point where I upset myself.
I like that we call them NATS bc to me it made so much sense bc that’s just it, the are just as annoying as the bug they are named after!
Friday nights
I feel calmer. My energy is more open to my husband and I don’t start from a place of fear. His energy has also been slightly calmer than the usual end of week binge drink and scream at strangers on the internet (or pick fights with me).
Negative automatic thoughts
This cognitive behavioral therapy session informed me that negative thoughts are automatically generated and inevitable. I find this information helpful , because I have often tried to avoid negative thoughts. I often become very self critical when negative automatic thoughts arise. This in turn makes them worse. It is encouraging to know good negative thoughts or part of human thinking in general, since the human brain was designed to detect threats. Consequently, my negative thoughts are not my fault. They are therefore not grounds for self criticism.. Additionally, the fact the negative automatic thoughts can be disputed makes me feel that I will increase my positive thoughts in the future. Thank you to those who work for this app for teaching me this lesson. I am also grateful for the community on this app for taking the time to read this post. I hope you are all OK , happy,And well.
i did know that certain thought patterns were automatic but i didn't know that there was a better way to deal with them!
If we all accepted that everyone has NATS life would be different
If ppl see me negatively it’s not on me, it’s on their own unchallenged negative thoughts
Many thoughts I automatically get are all from my past. The terrible things, the things I would do something about now, but didn’t know what to do then. It slays me.
How true
NATS are wired in us. Exercise is available to help me change that.
NATS are normal
I learned that negative automatic thoughts are something we all have; they are hardwired into our brain. I look forward to learning how to challenge and work with these thoughts when they take place.
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