Unhelpful thinking styles.

We often don’t realize when our thought process is running through a negative filter.

As you practice building awareness of your thoughts, you are able to catch your negative thinking, then work toward a more positive or helpful perspective. (And a more authentic and true perspective, I think.)

This is a great infographic showing types of unhelpful thinking patterns we often experience, but may not often realize.

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Download as PDF.

In my own practice to quash negative thinking, I found it helpful to identify the different types of negative thought patterns.

Infographics are great tools to use when you’re trying to make lifestyle and cognitive changes. Pin it up on your fridge or bathroom mirror, set a regular reminder on your phone to take a peek at the PDF. Put it where ever it works for you.

Remember, just because you think it, doesn’t mean it’s true.



Depression is difficult to explain to someone who hasn’t lived it first-hand. Thoughts are encrusted in an impenetrable negativity and lack of self-worth, but you can’t see thoughts.

Depression isn’t always detectable, as pharmaceutical ads have historically displayed people with depression to be –sad, brooding and unkempt– but this perspective is slowly (and thankfully) changing.

Depression is an invisible illness and, despite much research of the illness, it is still highly misunderstood. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, depression is the top cause of disability worldwide.

I create these graphics as a way to help others understand how a person living with depression might respond and to support my fellow humans who valiantly live with depression every day.

You can follow these #DepressionSaysThis posts and other images I create on my Instagram account @lady_archiva



Graphics are created using Canva  (@Canva) & FontCandy (@easytigerapps).