Maladaptive Assumptions in CBT
Maladaptive assumptions (also called underlying assumptions, intermediate beliefs, dysfunctional beliefs) in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, are, as the names suggest, maladaptive/dysfunctional beliefs underlying automatic thoughts.
They are simply the rules behind our automatic thoughts.
As you might … Read More
As in all forms of cognitive behavioral therapies, CBT assume that psychological problems might be caused in part by our maladaptive/unhelpful/irrational ways of thinking, or behaviors.
In CBT, symptoms are not seen as the signs of “deeper issues” since any … Read More
Until mid-60s, behaviorism was the dominant approach in both the understanding and the treatment of psychopathologies.
Then, however, behavior therapists came to
accept that taking classical or operant conditioning as the sole explanation of
the development of psychopathologies and working … Read More
It is inarguably true that CBT is a very structured form of therapy, and, thus, it must be applied only by professionals who have been trained for it. Especially in clinical conditions, indeed, a professional help is indispensable.
However, still, … Read More
In our previous post, “Can We Control Our Thoughts?”, we examined if it is possible to stop or control our thoughts. Here, I give an example of how to challenge an automatic thought about controlling our thinking.
I use … Read More
Decades of research have shown that there is an area in the left-hemisphere of our brains that constantly makes up stories about anything and everything! The pioneer of the research, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga and his colleagues call it “the … Read More
Self-Generated Thought and the Wandering Mind
How to start? How to start… Maybe I should have prepared an outline first. Oh, this is too complicated to simplify. No, it’s not. It’ll be easier after I started. But, how to start? … Read More
John asked for our help in order to quit smoking, and it has been a few sessions that we have been working together with him on this issue. In this session, we try to understand his need and desire to … Read More
1. Know What You Want to Change
You might already know what needs to be changed or you just have a sense that something in your life has to change, but you do not know what it is. Gilbert Chesterton … Read More