Cognitive therapy has gained massive acceptance among mental health professionals as well as the public. As a matter of fact, cognitive therapy has become one of the most practiced and researched forms of psychotherapy in the entire universe. There are a number of reasons that explain this growing interest. One of them stems from the fact that cognitive therapy consists of basic, down-to-earth ideas that are intuitive and appealing. Second, research studies have confirmed cognitive therapy to be critical for individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and other problems. Third, lots of self-help books have aroused a strong, popular demand for cognitive therapy not only in the United States, but also around the entire world.
"Cognition" refers to perception or thought. In other words, cognitions describe the ways you think about events or things at any particular moment. These thoughts go through your mind automatically, without much control from your end. They have a huge impact on how you generally feel. For instance, people listen to self-help books on various subjects because of their thoughts and feelings. If they feel depressed and discouraged, they may pick an inspirational book to lift their mood.
Your feelings are a sum total of the messages you give yourself. If you think of yourself as a loser or a useless person, those thoughts will compound to form a feeling which is mapped onto your behavioral pattern. Close to 2000 years ago Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, stated that people are often disturbed not by things, but rather by the views they take of them. In the Bible, the book of Proverbs 23:7 states that, "For as he thinks within himself, so he is." In Hamlet, Shakespeare expresses a similar idea in Act 2, Scene 2: "For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
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There seem to be a lot of shoulds and oughts
There were many times when I heard the narrator use shoulds and should nots and do and do nots. Whilst the narration was good, there was an essence of the content seeming critical.
The audiobook was theoretical and, whilst it gave some tips, it focused primarily on depresssion, even though the description suggested it would cover anxiety and other problems.
Craig Beck's narration was very good. Even so, he was reading the author's words which, as stated earlier, contained many shoulds and should nots.
Frustration. I was hoping to gain some insights I could use in my counselling and coaching practice. In my view, if the listener had some of the 'thinking errors' described in the audiobook, they might end up feeling worse rather than better, given the way in which the author uses language. I would have liked the audiobook to use more supportive language, rather than 'black and white' descriptions. CBT can be very useful, so I would suggested that listeners search for another book if they wish to learn more about it.
Depression was the main focus and long past the halfway mark of a one hour book, the author was still going on about depression.