Every Spring I teach “Cognitive-Behavior Therapy ” to college undergraduates who are mostly intending to become psychologists, clinical social workers or teachers. I am always on the lookout for metaphors, analogies, images and stories, relevant to their lives in these times, that might help them better understand the power and range of the cognitive model as way of understanding and a tool for changing emotions and behaviors. Stories in-particular are often more useful than straightforward explanations as we seem to be wired to powerfully respond to and learn from stories. A side benefit: these stories can be helpful to neuro-developmentally atypical patients, and their parents, in my independent practice as well (see the last section of this blog post for details). The Cognitive Model The foundation of cognitive-behavioral therapy is the cognitive model: (a) our beliefs and assumptions about ourselves, others and the world at least somewhat and often largely determine our emotions and behaviors in general and (b) biased and dysfunctional beliefs and assumptions almost always at least somewhat and often largely determine the kinds of problematic emotions and maladaptive behaviors that prompt people to come to therapy (or to bring their child to therapy) in particular. A… Read full this story
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