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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, is a system used to increase a person's ability to change negative thinking into positive and help those who have overwhelming anxious moments or overly strong emotions to think thoughts of peacefulness by using "wise mind."
With this program, one is taught they can change an overly active emotional mind so, allowing them to evolve into a very positive person by identifying bad thought patterns or behaviors and turning them into positive and healthy ones.
This type of therapy is not necessary for everyone, but has been proven to be helpful for some. Many people are in control of their emotions by self will and discipline, but for those with more of a challenge, CBT is used.
This therapy helps him/her create a new and positive way of thinking, therefore encouraging them to develop healthier relationships by avoiding assumptions for one.
Good communication is an important part of having healthy relationships and since all of us are so unique, it takes practice and some effort to get to know and understand one another. We are all so complicated and unique.
This course is used to be help those who want to improve dealing being overly emotional.
There are many seventeen terms used in Cognitive behavioral thinking.
Here are some of the most common ones:
- All-or-Nothing Thinking You view events or people in black or white terms- for example, "I get rejected by everyone," or "It was a complete waste of time"
- Blaming You focus on the other person as the source of your negative feelings, and you refuse to take responsibility for changing yourself.
- Catastrophizing You believe what has happened, or will happen will be so awful and unbearable that you won't be able to stand it.
- Fortune Telling You predict the future in negative terms involving failure or danger- for example, "I'll fail that exam" or "I won't get the job."
- Mind reading (this was a big one for me) You assume that you know what people think without having sufficient evidence of their thoughts - for example, "He thinks I'm a loser."
- Personalizing You attribute a disproportionate amount of the blame for negative events to yourself, and you fail to see that certain events are also caused by others, -for example, "The marriage ended because I failed."
Which one of these, if any, do you think you may have experienced the most? (Be honest!)
Cognitive behavior therapy is generally used as a short-term program and focuses on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.