What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

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What Is CBT?

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Why Collecting Data On Yourself Can Help You

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Fearless You
Start collecting data on your mood. Use the data to guide your psychologist!

Extermination of Pests—and Horror

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in The Infested Mind
Who you gonna call? When your house (or mind) is crawling with insects might be time to call in a professional. But why isn’t the pest control operator as creeped out as you?

5 Ways to Stop Catastrophizing

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Friendship 2.0
In anxiety-ridden times, it is easy to begin believing the absolute worst-case scenario. Here's how to stay strong and fight it.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want !

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on November 15, 2016 in Tried and True
Many people are experiencing intense emotions after the results of the November 2016 election. Those in distress have the power to change their feelings, if they choose to do so.

Applying Game Theory to Recovery From Addiction

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Science of Choice
We can use the insights from the prisoner dilemma to suggest ways to resist changing motivation.

How to Treat Election Anxiety

By Tom Wootton on November 11, 2016 in Bipolar Advantage
How understanding depression helped me through election anxiety.

Acceptance: Greasing the Path to Growth and Happiness

If you are having difficulty making changes in your life, here is a different approach.

Three Ways to Lower Post Election Anxiety

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Regardless of its source, anxiety tends to operate in similar ways. Here are three things you can do to manage your post-election anxiety:

Beat Procrastination in 3 Steps

By Joel Minden, PhD on November 07, 2016 in CBT and Me
Are you a procrastination expert? Use behavioral strategies to get things done.

Awareness of Your Hair Pulling Can Help You Stop

By Tasneem Abrahams on November 05, 2016 in Mastering Hair Pulling
How do you stop pulling if you don't even know when you are doing it? Research shows that self-monitoring technology can help.

3 Ways to Craft Compelling Goals

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 01, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Carefully chosen goals inspire our best effort.

Psychodynamic Vs. Cognitive Therapy: Defense Mechanisms

Different schools of psychotherapy often use multiple names for the same phenomenon — and act like they're discussing completely different things. Here's a prime example.

Does Mood Shift Depend on Cognition...or Behavior?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 27, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Thinking versus doing: A new study indicates effects on mood control.
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Which Treatments Might Help Reduce Bulimia Symptoms?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
The amazing results for bulimia with neurofeedback.

Sleepless and Depressed? CBT-I Can Help.

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Am I depressed because I can't sleep? Or is my insomnia causing depression? Research studies have answered these and other questions.

The Surprising Usefulness of Worry

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in All about Anxiety
Worry serves the essential function of helping us solve legitimate problems, but anxious worrying serves the opposite function.

Art Therapy: Treating Combat-Related PTSD

Recent research underscores that art therapy's role in the resolution of trauma is evident, but on the whole, it's complicated.

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

How to Build Your Belief in Yourself

Don't let your mind limit your potential. Train your brain to think differently.

Mastering Your Emotions

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in Evidence Based
The "how to" guide of mastering all of your emotions

Stoic Truths for a Digital World

By John Sean Doyle on October 14, 2016 in Luminous Things
At every turn there are advertisers ready to sell us an image that speaks to our vulnerabilities and dreams. The Stoics tell us something about living the life we want to live.

Annoying Offspring? You're in Good Company.

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Moderating
Irritating offspring? You're not alone. Re-thinking the parenting relationship can help you ease your frustrations and parent more effectively.

5 Reasons We Worry, and 5 Ways to Worry Less

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
It's hard to stop excessive worry, in part because we believe we should worry. Find out why we worry, and how to worry less.

5 Ways to Do More Mood-Boosting Activities

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Behavioral Activation for depression is well-tested and highly effective. Find out how to get the most out of this treatment, whether on your own or with a therapist.

A New Approach to Weight Loss

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 03, 2016 in Cravings
Accept the challenge and commit to learning new skills, new research says.

Biscuits Before Breakfast: Recovery in Microcosm

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Eating a plain biscuit reminds me of how different healthy eating needs to be during recovery.

4 Ways to Stop Putting Your Joy on Hold

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 30, 2016 in Prescriptions for Life
Do you complain a lot about your life, or frequently wish that it could be different? Shift your perspective and discover how to enjoy your life now, no matter what's going on.
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Secrets of Napping

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Naps can improve alertness and productivity without needing to use energy drinks to get through the day. Proper timing and correct duration are the secrets to successful napping.

Happy Birthday Albert Ellis PhD !

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 27, 2016 in Tried and True
Albert Ellis PhD - Pioneer, maverick - creator of unique wit and know-er of wisdom, changed the lives of millions through his innovative works, huge body of writings, and example.