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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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Michele
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.
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Amy
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
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Lindsay
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.
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Ashley
NATS
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!
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Kitten
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).
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Laura
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.
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Nikki
WoW!
i did know that certain thought patterns were automatic but i didn't know that there was a better way to deal with them!
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Tori
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
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Cindy
Memories
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.
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Anna
How true
NATS are wired in us. Exercise is available to help me change that.
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Melody
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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Fatma
Any Continuous Tracks?
Do these tracks have continuous tracks because I am now considering this option please, it’s worth it
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Erica
NATS
I learned that it’s normal to be plagued with negative thoughts. It’s my brains way of analyzing threats. I cannot control them or make them stop, but I can learn to identify them and dispute them.
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Eve
An eye-opener …
We are hard-wired. Fascinating! I am excited to learn more about NATs.
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Issis
IT MAKES ME AWARE SO I CHNAGE MY THOUGHTS WHEN I LOOSE MY KEYS AND MY CAR HAVE
WE CAN LOOK AT CHALLENGES IN A DIFFERENT WAY.. SO WE CAN CHANGE THE THOUGHTS IN A DIFFERENT MIND SET
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Tracey
Nats
I felt that this knowledge was the beginning of helping me sort out a strategy to handle the nats . Now I know I am normal having them I need to know how to deal with them so they don’t take over my life as they have been doing.
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Roger
So True
I now understand that I’m not the only one having negative thoughts. That it’s common and can’t be stopped. Will be untutored se what’s next to help deal with them and help your emotions
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Claudia
NATS
It’s sort of liberating to learn that it’s natural and our brains are wired to have negative thoughts. Looking forward to learning how to deal with them in a healthy way.
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Jenni
Negative thoughts
Just thoughts. And normal? Thought I was just being negative. Just need to see them and let them be
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Brie
I keep trying
I want to learn her topics but her sharp voice is so difficult to listen to.
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Patrick
Negative thoughts ANTS are hardwired!
We cannot prevent ANTS because they are hardwired and are parts of our brain and nervous systems defense mechanisms.
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Ruth
Automatic
That no amount of positive thinking and work or affirmations will stop negative automatic thoughts
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Ann
The Past
I’m more interested in negative thought about situations where I feel as if I failed myself or others.
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Angela
I am not alone in this…
I learned that these thoughts are not only natural but, automatic and I cannot stop them. I CAN train my mind to notice them more quickly and shift my thoughts to a more + response to the situation.
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Dorothy
Negative thoughts are a coping mechanism
They arise when we feel threatened. The nervous system cannot differentiate between actual and potential threats so we need to be the filter by thinking objectively.
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Tiff
Still waiting…
Negative Automatic Thoughts occur regularly to everyone due to a negativity bias, but noticing them is the first step to challenging them.
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Kimberly
NATS
It is normal to have negative thoughts bc our brains are hardwired that way. We cannot make the thoughts go away but we can reword to not spiral out of control
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Ty
Take away
This is something that I fall victim to a lot especially lately. I need to bring more awareness to that and do something different to actually regulate and grow
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Courtney
Negative thoughts are hardwired
I learned that “there is nothing wrong with me”. Sometimes I blame myself. Like why do you keep having negative thoughts!!?? Are you depressed?!? Why can’t you think of anything positive?!?? Today I learned that our bodies are hardwired for the negative thoughts. Our bodies are supposed to identify “threats”. So if I’m thinking negative thoughts (threats) my body is going to identify it, therefore I will notice the negative thought! But because I am so used to the negative thoughts… they constantly are on repeat… I have to retrain my thoughts ❤️
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Sarah
Hardwired
I learned that negative thoughts are hardwired and even mean my nervous system is working - but that we can also learn to recognize and change negativity
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Loretta
Negative thoughts are hard wired
I learned that I am normal. I usually think I’m a crazy person when I react negatively and I try to talk myself back to a more positive attitude as quickly as possible.
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Fran
NATS
Super helpful to remember we all got em. I am not alone. Ready to dig into the ways to deal.
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Linda
Brittany Bodwell shared the story about you having a flat tire, your best friend driving right past you - looking you straight in the eyes - you becoming very upset for that day plus 1 or 2 more. Then
Brittany Bodwell, share the story about you having a flat tire and needing help. Your best friend drives by and looked you straight in the eye and keeps on going. You were upset for that day +2 more not understanding why she didn’t stop and help you. On the last day you found out that your friend had her young child in the backseat who was actually dying and she was rushing to get to the hospital. Fortunately she got to the hospital in the nick of time and they were able to save her young child she looked at you wanting to stop but not being able to. She wanted to help her friend but she had no time she had to get to the hospital with her dying child. Now after you have felt this way for so many days now you feel shame anger at your self remorse embarrassment all because you didn’t have all the facts. How could you have felt this way when her child was dying? How could you have even expected her to stop when her child was dying, but you didn’t know her child was dying. It’s all of matter of where your perspective is and the amount of information you know on the complete situation. Never judge another person’s actions without knowing the information they have on what’s going on in their lives!
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Judy
Disputing the negative thoughts
All of this CBT gives me wiggle room to consider my thoughts attitudes and bias’s and live more reflectively versus reactively Let’s see how it goes. ?
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Beth
NATS
I learned that these thoughts your brain is wired for them. I will learn more about that in another session.
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Stephie 💜
Intrusive thoughts
I’ve always had them I have tried many things I didn’t realise it’s not something I can stop. I can’t just stop them. Everyone has them some are worse than others. Some people like myself need to learn skills to better operate.