Lisa Cartlidge Hypnotherapy treats a wide variety of mental health issues, many of which involve irrational thought processes.

Irrationality is a term often used when describing psychological problems – But what classifies as an irrational thought? Why do we have them? And how can irrational thinkers be treated?

What is an Irrational Thought?

By definition, to think irrationally is to do so with inadequate use of reason, through emotional distress or as a result of cognitive insufficiency. Irrational thinkers are unable to convince themselves of appropriate responses, despite often having an awareness of the illogicality of their thoughts.

But how do we know if we are thinking irrationally? It can be challenging to distinguish a general worry from something more serious, but things to consider when asking yourself this question include:

  • What is it that I am in worried about?
  • How important/ significant is this to my life?
  • What is the likelihood of this fear actually happening?

Overreacting, fear and extreme stress can all be indications of irrational thinking. Irrational tendencies can be found in many mental health problems including anxiety, OCD and depression.

How do irrational thoughts manifest themselves?

Examples of irrational responses:

  • General worries – ‘My boss hasn’t replied to my email – Is she about to fire me?’
  • Hypochondriac tendencies – ‘My head hurts – do I have a brain tumour?’
  • Social stress – ‘If I go to dinner with my friends, will I say something that will make them hate me?’
  • Self-depreciation – ‘My jeans won’t zip up – I’m worthless’
  • Illogical beliefs – ‘I can’t use a public bathroom, it will definitely make me unwell!’
  • Phobias – ‘That dog is going to kill me!’

How can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy Treat Irrational Thinkers?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works by calming the primitive area of the brain, the ‘emotional brain’.

The primitive brain is where ‘Fight or Flight’ reactions and emotive impulses are formed, originally designed to improve chances of survival. For this reason it is essential, however modern society also requires a more considered train of thought as life is no longer just about survival.

Hypnotherapy focuses on the more rational area of the brain, shifting our responses to become more deliberate and purposeful. By switching the polarity around, a client of Lisa’s gains control over their thoughts and makes rational decisions by slowing down and reflecting, instead of acting purely on emotional impulses.


If you think you or someone you know could benefit from Lisa Cartlidge Hypnotherapy, book a consultation – it could be the best thing you ever do!

Contact Lisa Cartlidge on:

​​07769 320121




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