Workshop to address automatic negative thoughts

By Ashley Dwy I Contributor

A workshop is being presented by Savili Ngovo Williams, counselor, to increase awareness of automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and provide tools to combat it. The workshop will take place on Nov. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Holmes Student Center.

According to American Holistic Health Association, ANTs are cynical, gloomy, and complaining thoughts that just seem to keep coming all by themselves. For example, thinking “I won’t be able to pass this test” makes for a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

ANTs jump into your head, pushing all the willpower and positive thoughts you need to reach your goals to the wayside. ANTs, even the smallest ones, can sabotage your resolutions and make you feel stuck, according to the NIU website.

Learning to listen for and recognize self-destructive thoughts is the first step to conquering them. This workshop aims to increase your awareness of your ANTs and provide tools to help you conquer them, according to the NIU website.