Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and How People are Treated
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is often utilized in patients with certain mental and medical conditions. This therapy is the bread and butter of all mental health practitioners especially by clinical psychologists. Researchers have found CBT to be an effective in solving problems such as anxiety and depression.
The theory have contributors from the past, such as Socrates, and Epictetus. Epictetus was an advocate of Stoicism, one the earliest form of CBT, which describes logic as method to identify and discard false beliefs that can lead to emotional destruction.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy by Albert Ellis used the ABC model to which he described how our emotional state are affected by an erroneously believed circumstances. According to his theory, our false beliefs which turn into obvert behaviors begin from an error in the emotional reasoning. It explains that problems arises from the inability to assess correctly the specific behaviors. As an example, if you were talking to a person that was paying attention at first but then suddenly had another conversation with a different person, you may start to believe him/her to be offensive, which makes you believe you’re conversation was not worthwhile. This makes you feel humiliated, you become angry and then engage in angry accusations to that person. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to challenge this false assumption by framing the scenario into a way which could see the other perspective of that person. It may be, in fact, the person you were talking too was listening to you intently and the inability to pay close attention to you maybe for another reason, perhaps another important matter the other person may have personal importance with and not directly boredom with your conversation.
Often our own beliefs betray us more than the outside factors that we may often mistake to be the cause. The failures in our expectations are often the cause of this.
The use of cognitive behavioral therapy has been for the treatment of certain medical and psychological problems. Severe problems of alcoholism and addiction can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy. Problems that are complex need to have longer periods for CBT. There will eventually be improvement seen in the clients. Patients in the therapy have the liberty to choose to end therapy or to continue in order to improve.
Mental health care centers can provide you with professionals who are effective at implementing cognitive behavioral therapy. The studies from scientific publications suggest a link between our emotional and cognitive behaviors. It is suggested that our brains have an older, primal functioning that may supersede our actions prior to its later rational, calculating function.