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Get rid of the Automatic Negative Thoughts - Positive Thinking Activity

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Students will learn about cognitive distortions that impact self-esteem and anxiety. Discover different types of automatic negative thinking and change it to positive thinking. Now includes a digital version for use with Google Slides. Great for small group counseling or class lessons.


This activity takes about 30 minutes to complete with a small or large group. The goal is for students to recognize their irrational thinking.



  • Activity description including instructions/walk-through of activity, objectives, materials, tips/tricks, ASCA standards, and SEL competencies.
  • 1 page of different types of Automatic Negative Thoughts (A.N.T.'s)
  • 1 page of Picnic Basket
  • 5 pages of Automatic Negative Thought examples (40 total cards)
  • 5 pages of Student response cards (to be glued to the back of the ANT cards).
  • 1 page of blank ANT cards to create your own or have students create their own.
  • 1 page of discovering your own ANTs.
  • Black and white version included.


►UPDATED: Now includes Google Classroom version, the link to access this resource on Google Drive and instructions for use is on page 34.



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Self-Esteem Sunglasses

Forecast of Feelings workbook

Social Skills Small Group Counseling Curriculum


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