Resource: Thinking Traps

How can we free ourselves from the thoughts that trap us?

Tech can intensify thinking traps that amplify anxious thoughts and self-doubt. 

They haven’t texted me back. They must be mad at me.”

Everyone on social media is happier than me.

“I should be getting more likes.

These resources reveal common thinking traps and steer us toward healthier self-talk.

Explore our full list of 7 common thinking traps. Look over it with others (students, children, friends, family members, etc.) and consider which traps resonate the most.

This video, co-created and co-produced by Common Sense Education and the education team at KQED, showcases several thinking traps alongside insights from a clinical psychologist who explains how thinking traps can contribute to negative emotions.

This Dot Voting exercise invites group reflection on which traps younger kids should know about before they start using social media.

The Mind Shift Game provides a fun and fast-paced way to generate alternative thoughts as a group.

To bring this discussion to your classroom, explore this detailed lesson plan that we co-developed with our partners at Common Sense Education.