For teens with negative thinking habits, a licensed psychologist and a health journalist offers cognitive restructuring—a simple and effective cognitive behavioral approach to help teens break free from the nine most common negative thinking habits that typically result in feeling sad, worried, angry, and stressed. This workbook offers a powerful technique called cognitive restructuring to help teens reframe their thoughts, regulate their emotions, become a more flexible thinker, and stop letting their thoughts define who they are and how they feel. Teens will learn to target the nine specific kinds of negative thinking habits that can cause them to worry or feel bad, such as the I can’t habit, the doom and gloom habit, the all or nothing habit, the jumping to conclusions habit, and more. Each chapter offers simple explanations of each kind of negative thought, and real-life examples—as well as the sorts of behaviors, emotions, and bodily sensations that might be expected. Teens gain an understanding of unhelpful or unrealistic thoughts, how to challenge them, how to replace them with more realistic and helpful thoughts, and an action plan for moving forward.
By recognizing these negative thinking habits, teens will feel more in control and less anxious and sad. Most importantly, they will be able to see themselves and the world more clearly. Their thoughts don’t have to define who they are and how to experience life. The transdiagnostic approach in this book will show teens how to kick negative thinking habits to the curb for good.
“With clear text, relatable examples, and useful exercises, this book gives teens the tools they need to break free of negative thinking habits and learn to manage their moods. Highly recommended!”
—Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, author of Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids
“In clear language and with accessible, age-appropriate vignettes, Alvord and McGrath do exactly what their title suggests, presenting the nine thinking habits that drag teens down. Better yet, they outline what to do about them with a step-by-step action plan. Easy to read and easy to follow, this immediately useful book will change lives.”
—Dawn Huebner, PhD, psychologist and author of the What-to-Do Guides for Kids series