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Category: Aaron T. Beck

Love is Never Enough

Say you're having an argument with your partner, housemate or friend. What's going through your mind during the interaction? How are you interpreting the other person's remarks and behaviors? How is the other person reading what you say and do? And how often are you both reading each other's signals correctly? Cognitive Therapy (CT) is used for many disorders, but it's also effective for everyday problems... including relationship problems. It can help people…
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Maximizing daily satisfaction to help alleviate Depression

At a recent case conference, Dr. Aaron Beck met with a patient suffering from depression while graduate students watched the session via live video feed in another room. The patient expressed strong dissatisfaction with his job and career direction (even though he held an objectively desirable position). At the same time, the patient was depressed, and did not presently have enough initiative or belief in himself to alter his trajectory. During the session, after hearing about…
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Using Cognitive Therapy to treat Delusions

Dr. Aaron Beck recently responded to an interviewer's questions about addressing delusions among Schizophrenic patients. One of the central tenets of Cognitive Therapy is that individuals learn to evaluate their thinking and look for evidence that supports and/or contradicts their perceptions. The interviewer asked Dr. Beck how this pursuit of evidence plays out when individuals are having delusions and literally 'seeing' objects/people that aren't really there. Interviewer: How... do you persuade someone to ignore the evidence…
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Most influential therapists of the past 25 years

A 2006 survey of 2,598 therapists showed that the 2nd most influential therapist was Aaron T. Beck, M.D. (the 1st most influential was Carl Rogers...). What's more, 68.7% of the therapists surveyed say that they practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)! This is quite a change from 40 years ago.
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Does Cognitive Therapy = Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the difference between Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Why? Well, sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably... and sometimes they're not.   So does CT = CBT? Not always. Here's how the two are related. Cognitive Therapy (CT) is: A specific form of therapy developed by Aaron T. Beck, M.D. in the 1960s. The first psychotherapy to be subjected to rigorous clinical testing (Dr. Beck…
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How Thinking Can Change the Brain

Sharon Begley's article about changing your brain appeared in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago -you can read it here, and you can also listen to Sharon Begley discuss the mind's ability to reshape the brain on NPR. Begley talks about the fact that thoughts can alter and shape the brain's structure and circuitry - you can actually change your brain with your own mind. She gives many incredible examples of the effects of thinking on the brain, including the…
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