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Thinking errors for children

Children can internalise negative feelings that may hinder them from being able to connect with their peers freely and indulge in play with others. By recognising the most common negative thoughts we as adults can help guide them out of these negative feelings to improve their well-being.

In this mental health infographic we look at common thinking errors for children.

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  1. Mind reading – you assume you know what someone else is thinking – ‘They must not like me.’
  2. Focusing on the bad – you ignore all the good and positive things that happened and focus instead on the bad things.
  3. Catastrophising – you think the worst of situations and start experiencing negative thoughts – ‘What happens if I make a mistake?’
  4. Fortune telling – you assume that something bad is going to happen in the future.
  5. Blaming yourself – when something goes wrong you tend to blame yourself – ‘It’s all my fault.’
  6. Labelling – you apply a negative label to yourself – ‘I am stupid. I am silly. I am worthless.’
  7. Minimising – you downplay the importance of something until it become(s) insignificant.
  8. Jumping to conclusions – When something happens you immediately jump to a negative conclusion and ignore all other evidence.
  9. Feelings as facts – If you feel something then you believe it ‘I feel stupid, therefore I am stupid.’

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