How to use: Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) happen to all of us and they never occur in isolation. For instance, “My mom wasn’t good at math, so I’m not good at math. I wasn’t good at math in elementary school, so I know I won’t get any better in high school. If I can’t understand math, I can’t go to college. And, if I can’t go to college, I can’t get a job!” That’s the snowball effect.