The origins of cognitive behavioral therapy

The study of irrational thoughts (Ellis, 1977) and cognitive schemata of mental illness (Beck, 1993) has identified how certain errors of cognition can be pervasive in certain types of patients and, for each of these, a variety of techniques are aimed at changing negative automatic thoughts. Returning to the example of the individual with social anxiety, the objectives of graded exposure in social situations, or the reduction of anxiety in relation to those same situations, are extended to include questioning the validity of the automatic thoughts related to the social situation, as well as the judgment of others. (Click for complete PsychCentral article)

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