Definition

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Cognitive restructuring

A cognitive-behavioral therapy technique used to identify and correct negative thinking patterns. The technique involves altering negative automatic thoughts that occur in anxiety-provoking situations (such as “They think I’m boring”) by replacing them with more rational beliefs (such as “I can’t read other people’s minds; they are probably just tired”). As thoughts are challenged and disputed, their ability to elicit anxiety is weakened.

[source:http://socialanxietydisorder.about.com/od/glossary/g/restructuring.htm]

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