What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

Recent posts on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How to Approach Challenges with a Competitive Spirit

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in All about Anxiety
What is a ready-for-anything competitive spirit? It’s when we step forward with a point of view that says, “I have the skills to take on this challenge. I have a chance here.”

What’s “Emotional Reasoning”—And Why Is It Such a Problem?

One of the most baffling psychological problems is to acutely feel the reality of something without its having any basis in fact. Here are some examples...

Put Your Own Spin on It

Have you ever wondered just how far to push your body while exercising? Is pain really good for your psyche?

The One Question to Ask Every Therapist

A therapist who thinks it’s fine to coast is hardly an advertisement for change.

The Factor That Administers Cognitive Control over Emotions

Some recent research on poor cognitive control and depression has overlooked four issues. This post suggests that it is cognitive understanding of reality that regulates emotions.
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Eight Reasons Why We Get Bored

Boredom is an unpleasant emotional state in which the individual feels a lack of interest in and difficulty concentrating on the current activity.

Understanding Your Emotions

What are emotions, how to better understand them, and when it is optimal to modify them.

What Dogs Can Teach Us about the Main Cause of Depression

Psychologists have long pondered what is the cause, and the evolutionary purpose, of depressed feelings. Dogs have the answer.

Overcoming Sex Addiction: A Self-help Guide

By The Book Brigade on June 08, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Compulsive sexual behavior typically conceals negative feelings about oneself—feelings that are readily treatable.

Seven Ways to Surpass Your Supervisors

Do your teachers' abilities to recognize patterns, apply ideas, and develop a working alliance set a cap on what you can learn?

MRI Scans to Choose Depression Treatment?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 06, 2017 in Open Gently
One day, brain scans may help patients pinpoint which depression treatment will work for them.

A Bird's Life in New York City

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on June 04, 2017 in Tried and True
By choosing to perform acts of kindness whenever possible, we help the lives of others and of ourselves, and can make our tender and vulnerable world more safe and stable.

Which Type of Therapy Works Best? New Study Calls It a Draw

In the timeless battle over which type of psychotherapy is superior, a new meta-analytic study find psychodynamic therapy to be equivalent to CBT for adults.

The Single Best Strategy for Reducing Stress

Many say that modern life stimulates inordinate amounts of stress. How can you best combat the undue tensions and pressures in your life?

What Is the Best Way to Treat Depression?

When is psychotherapy the better option for relieving depression? When is medication called for? And is their combination always better than either one alone?

Why Intrusive Thoughts Are like My Cat Abraham

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in CBT and Me
Intrusive thoughts are like cats. The less you try to be the boss, the easier it is to peacefully coexist.

Animal Anger

Anger is the impulse to go toward a threat instead of running from it. A surge of testosterone overrides the cortisol. Here's how to relieve those threatened feelings.

Two Words That Make Asking for Help a Lot Easier

Asking for help is tough. Knowing what to say makes it a little easier.

Couples Therapy: 15 Essentials That the Best Therapists Do

If you are a therapist, to what extent do you follow these guidelines? If you are choosing a therapist, or evaluating whether to stay with one you've been with, here's help.

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

Acceptance, Gratitude and Celebrating Life

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on May 14, 2017 in Tried and True
On some occasions when many people feel joy, others may suffer painful emotions. We can choose to adopt a healthy perspective - and feel uplifted instead of deprived & depressed.

How to Reach Higher Goals by Lowering Your Expectations

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in All about Anxiety
Paul Hamm had been training for this specific competition for a decade; he was on the road to a gold medal. And after his fall, the way he gets back up is inspirational.

Sobering Truth About Addiction Treatment in America

By David Sheff on May 08, 2017 in Overcoming Addiction
People blame politicians, drug dealers, and pharmaceutical companies for the overdose crisis, but blame doesn't doesn't help people get well. The addicted need quality treatment.

Can Parenting the Danish Way Be Applied Elsewhere?

How are confidence and well-being developed in Danish kids? These parenting guidelines provide clues.

Are All Therapies Equally Effective?

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 06, 2017 in Think Well
It's increasingly believed, especially in academia, that all psychological therapies are basically equivalent. Here's why that's an absurd notion, and two other therapy myths.

Six Elements of All “Talking Cures”

Talk therapies are all so different, right? Wrong.
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Who Is Actually in Charge When We Make Decisions?

Emotional awareness provides insight into the working of the mind and the nature of decisions.

What Is Behavioral Economics?

The basic message of behavioral economic is that humans are hard wired to make judgment errors and they need a nudge to make decisions that are in their own best interest.

Can You Be Depressed Without Knowing It? I Was

It can be surprisingly easy to overlook our own depression — even for those of us who treat it all the time.