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The Importance of Meanings in Our Reactions

Aaron T. Beck, M.D., President Emeritus People often make statements such as "You upset me," "She makes me so angry," or "The news is depressing." They do not realize that the specific event is not directly responsible for their feelings. Rather, the meaning they attach to the experience accounts for feelings of sadness, anger, or anxiety. Our emotional response to an event is generally so rapid that it seems as…