Definition of thought pattern in US English:

thought pattern


  • 1A habit of thinking in a particular way, using particular assumptions.

    • ‘Cognitive behavioural therapy can help reverse depressive thought patterns by trying to correct automatic reactions and assumptions that the patient may have adopted.’
    • ‘Through role-playing and discussion, patients learn how to stop negative thought patterns.’
    • ‘Every time you take an anti-depressant, it is a reminder that you are ‘weird,’ that your thought patterns are abnormal, and that to function normally you depend on medication.’
    • ‘Depression, with its symptoms of sadness, apathy, fatigue and negative thought patterns, can adversely affect healthy lifestyle habits and even medical treatment compliance.’
    • ‘In a disordered thought pattern he believed it would be best to get arrested and go to a prison medical wing.’
    • ‘I love to pull people out of their mundane thought patterns and make them think differently.’
    • ‘Both took part in 20 cognitive therapy sessions to help identify depressive thought patterns and replace them with constructive ones.’
    • ‘Again, it was the strong imprint of utilitarian thought patterns in economics that kept so many economists sliding down through the railway embankments of eugenic reasoning.’
    • ‘But they are the sorts of behaviors and thought patterns that are not easily correlated to cultural influence.’
    • ‘A period of near-total abstinence helped me to unlearn the self-destructive thought patterns I'd gotten into, and I now drink quite healthily and happily, in control of an area that had been doing me harm.’
    • ‘It appears to me that her massive weight gain is a symptom of her thought pattern, of her priorities.’
    • ‘The depressed are given to negative thought patterns that not only send them down the path to depression but keep them mired in the bog of despair.’
    • ‘Change requires the individual or group to unlearn old habits, methods of performing routine tasks, and customary thought patterns.’
    • ‘It's a thought pattern that's a bit more than negative.’
    • ‘Undoubtedly, in some cases substance abuse is an effort to manage symptoms - cocaine to create hypomania during depressive periods or alcohol to quiet racing thought patterns during a manic episode.’
    • ‘There are six action strategies that bring the quickest results in breaking out of the negative thought patterns that maintain your depression.’
    • ‘Cognitive behavioral therapy - available on a sliding scale, usually, at a major university near you - can work wonders in changing those automatic thought patterns.’
    • ‘The therapy also teaches patients to use positive thought patterns rather than irrational negative patterns.’
    • ‘I'm not sure that I agree with everything in this book, but the author does have a knack for deconstructing the prevailing thought pattern and showing where it goes wrong.’
    • ‘Cognitive behavioral therapy helps bipolar patients to change harmful thought patterns and behaviors.’
    1. 1.1 A quality characterizing someone's thought processes as expressed in language.
      ‘thought patterns such as overgeneralization and illogicality’
    2. 1.2
      another term for thought form
      • ‘Does not such a claim amount to essentializing the future, a move which is overly captive to the thought patterns of modernity?’
      • ‘In practice this implied the adaptation of European practices and thought patterns to the cultural life of the people of Africa.’
      • ‘In a post-Puritan age, of course, the notion of trial and temptation has been transposed from its original religious setting into a moral thought pattern.’
      • ‘They understand the metaphors, the thought patterns of Christianity.’
      • ‘Its translation perspectives were not only shaped by Hellenistic thought patterns but also its texts made diasporic Jews become aware of God's plan for other nations.’
      • ‘Beijing in particular experienced waves of change, each of which required the destruction of earlier thought patterns, organizational structures, and edifices.’
      • ‘Today's CEOs need to be conversant with the underlying subtleties of discrimination for and against people of different race, sex, religion, physical condition, or thought patterns.’
      • ‘The revision suggests that all the different rhetorical ways of thinking may be possible in any written language, but that one cultural thought pattern is preferred due to social, cultural, and linguistic constraints.’
      • ‘In black nationalism, Reed sees the risk of the same monolithic thought pattern that produced racism in the first place.’