Self-Defeating Beliefs©

Online questionnaire with downloadable (PDF format) report

Cost £35.00 + vat


The way we think is likely to have a significant influence on the way we feel and what we do. The way in which we perceive a given situation, what we ‘tell ourselves’ as we think about it – ‘self-talk’ – will have a decisive impact on what feelings we experience, and on our actions which follow as a consequence.

Self-defeating beliefs, or unhelpful ways of thinking, contribute to our so-called interference – the things that get in the way for us in the context of realising our goals and true potential.

The Self-Defeating Beliefs© is a validated psychometric tool that is designed to provide individuals with an insight into their beliefs system. Identifying self-defeating beliefs, or irrational patterns of thinking, will help individuals to understand potential inhibitors to their success.

The Self-Defeating Beliefs© was developed by Wayne Froggatt and Richard Lakeman at the New Zealand Centre for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The questionnaire is based on the widely-acknowledged research undertaken by the late Dr Albert Ellis, the renowned psychologist and founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, who proposed that a small number of core beliefs underlie most unhelpful emotions and behaviours.

The Self-Defeating Beliefs© is an easy-to-administer online questionnaire which poses 96 questions for an individual to answer with a simple ‘Agree’ or ‘Disagree’. The questionnaire takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The resulting report provides an overview of how self-defeating beliefs can undermine our success together with bar charts showing the relative impact, on the individual, of each of 12 self-defeating beliefs as measured by their responses to the questionnaire. Lower scores represent areas of personal strength; higher scores represent areas of potential vulnerability. Suggestions for personal development are also included.

Typical Applications

Self-Defeating Beliefs© is a practical, easy-to-use tool that can be used in the coaching or process as part of building a foundation of insight and self-awareness, and facilitate reflection and discussion. Working with a coach or personal development partner to surface and challenge self-defeating beliefs, and developing more rational ways of thinking, will help an individual to manage his/her feelings, behaviours and actions more effectively.

Resource Materials

Well-researched resource materials on self-defeating beliefs are also available to compliment the Self-Defeating Beliefs© and support the coaching process. Associates can access and download these by clicking on the Resources Area button on their Management Area page.

©Wayne Froggatt and Richard Lakeman
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