Cognitive therapy

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Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy, developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck,[1] that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. Also called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), it is "based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events."[2] The theory is that depression and anxiety are caused by negative thinking patterns.[3] or cognitive distortions, such as jumping to conclusions, all or nothing thinking, and "Catastrophizing".[4]

See also


  1. What Is Cognitive Therapy? - The Beck Institute
  2. What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists
  3. Cognitive therapists believe that these negative thinking patterns actually cause you to feel depressed and anxious. David Burns
  4. Cognitive Distortions - David C. Bissette, Psy.D., CSAT