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Basics of CBT

CBT is a simple, evidence-based treatment to develop different skills and behaviours to enhance emotional wellbeing and well-being. Some identified it as ancient stoicism knowledge bundled in modern-day psychotherapy. Here’s a short reference guide on CBT theory fundamentals for those interested in knowing more about the theories behind it.

Three-point cognitive therapy principle

Our ideas, emotions and behaviours are related.

So what we think about stuff can influence how we behave and how we respond.

Changing what we perceive and believe about stuff will change how we behave and function.

Three-point interpersonal treatment theory

Actions are developed and all our emotions, feelings and behaviors are related.

So our acquired habits will influence how we perceive and thought.

As a consequence, practicing different habits will change how we act and how we think.

Four-point CBT principle (extended version)


Our emotions, emotions, and actions are all related, so modifying one can affect others. Thoughts comprise our convictions, judgments, thoughts, assumptions, aspirations, perspectives, and perspectives comprising our inner life’s cognitive tasks.

So what we think about stuff in life can influence how we behave and function. And how we view the problems we encounter may influence how we feel and how we react to them. The stoic philosopher Epictetus summed up this notion by saying, “People are troubled not by things, but by their opinions.”

As a consequence, though more unrealistically appears to create more emotional pain and struggles, more risky habits, and poorer overall mental wellbeing, whereas thought more logically tends to generate more emotional harmony and security, more positive attitudes, and stronger overall mental health. Likewise, more negative habits appear to generate more emotional pain and poorer overall mental wellbeing, whereas good activities appear to create more emotional consistency and improved overall mental health.

Therefore, CBT incorporates cognitive and behavioral therapy including developing different skills to enhance emotional wellness and well-being. Cognitive therapy relies on developing strategies to recognize and transform irrational forms of thought into more rational ways of thinking and increase the internal harmony and wellbeing, improve attitudes and enhance your mental wellness and well-being. Behavioral interventions rely on developing knowledge to recognize and turn problematic patterns into beneficial activities and enhance social wellbeing and general behavioral wellness and well-being.

You can alter how you think, how you sound, how you behave! And you can adjust how you move, how you think and feel!

January 31, 2017

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