automatic negative thought


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automatic negative thought

Psychiatry An unpleasant anxiety-provoking thought automatically triggered in a person by a particular situation. See Cognitive therapy.
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This study examined automatic negative thoughts of university students in terms of gender, department studied and emotional intelligence.
Following the cognitive behavioral treatment model, the program encourages participants to identify and schedule pleasant activities, record automatic negative thoughts in a diary, evaluate negative thoughts with Socratic questioning, generate rational responses, and explore core beliefs.
These thoughts, known as automatic negative thoughts, are often hidden from consciousness and not easily accessible.
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