Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)??

I recently attended a seminar on this topic. I found it so very interesting, that I am contemplating  to attend more sessions on that topic


What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)??

It is a way of talking about:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.

 CBT can help you to change how you think (“Cognitive”) and what you do (“Behaviour)”. These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the “here and now” problems and difficulties. Instead of focussing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

How does it work? 

CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. These parts are:

 ·        A Situation – a problem, event or difficult situation
From this can follow:

  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physical feelings
  • Actions

 Each of these areas can affect the others. How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it.An example There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to most situations, depending on how you think about them: 

Situation: You’ve had a bad day, feel fed up, so go out shopping. As you walk down the road, someone you know walks by and, apparently, ignores you.
  Unhelpful Helpful
Thoughts: He/she ignored me – they don’t like me He/she looks a bit wrapped up in themselves – I wonder if there’s something wrong?
Low, sad and rejected Concerned for the other person
Physical: Stomach cramps, low energy, feel sick None – feel comfortable
Action: Go home and avoid them Get in touch to make sure they’re OK

 The same situation has led to two very different results, depending on how you thought about the situation. How you think has affected how you felt and what you did. In the example in the left hand column, you’ve jumped to a conclusion without very much evidence for it – and this matters, because it’s led to:

  • a number of uncomfortable feelings
  • an unhelpful behaviour.

 If you go home feeling depressed, you’ll probably brood on what has happened and feel worse. If you get in touch with the other person, there’s a good chance you’ll feel better about yourself. If you don’t, you won’t have the chance to correct any misunderstandings about what they think of you – and you will probably feel worse.

This “vicious circle” can make you feel worse, but CBT can help you to break this vicious circle of altered thinking, feelings and behaviour and put your thoughts into perspective.  



Published in: on August 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. and Still..Nothing to break the ‘vicious circle’ of WRITERS BLOCK.

    Ps:SURPRISE!!! I updated my blog

  2. This is all nice, but in my opinion, easier said than done. Without intervention, this would be almost impossible for someone who is already depressed.

  3. Hmmm…i agree with the ones above….things are easier said than done…worse is when u know what is right and what needs to be done and yet there isn’t the energy (low mood ) to do that. Many people suffer from mal-adapted ways of looking at things. With some help and a lot of hope..everything’s possible 🙂 hey do key in some more about modalities of changing these mal adaptive ways..

  4. “How you think has affected how you felt”,
    This is very inclusive, as: Stating ABSOLUTELY, what we do at the first place- feeling or thinking; is not possible. Though, i firmly believe in the focus of thoughts above anything else, but there are things which are self-driven through feeling even before one can actually think of anything.
    As, a constant feeling(however intrusive maybe), can change thy ‘vicious circle’ and the whirlpool of random reactive-thinking but a Consciousness of thoughts can’t overdo the respective sphere of feelings so easily,if being compared.

    Made me remember a book i’ve read on Auto-suggestion.Very nicely woven and presented.

  5. A nice topic.Will be helpful for introverts like me!:D 😉

  6. wow. never knew about this CBT. but its all pretty obvious, dontcha think? its like moral science periods in schools. u know its obvious but would still like to be spoon fed.

  7. isnt this exactly wat mediatation or any self help book trains us to do. i dnt believe in either but agree that the mind is the key to being at peace with urself. troubled thoughts are the core behind a lot of our issues!

    nice post & nice blog. my 1st time here!!


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