Thoughts Or Feelings

Differentiating between thoughts and feelings (emotions and body sensations) is an essential skill in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Thoughts are often opinions or assumptions - these are open to interpretation and modification. Feelings are often a product of our the way we are thinking about something - and are best modified through balanced thinking exercises or similar. Many clients may initially find it difficult to differentiate between the two - and may become confused by statements like "I feel stupid" which confuse an emotion and a thought. Thoughts or Feelings is a quiz worksheet designed to help you practice differentiating between thoughts and feelings.

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout - use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point - use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool - improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource - use as a learning tool during training


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