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.

Recent posts on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Don’t Bee Afraid

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in The Infested Mind
Not only are bee stings painful, but they can be deadly—and we all know this! So why would a beekeeper wear shorts and work without a veil?

The Problem With Positive Thinking

By Joel Minden, PhD on August 25, 2016 in CBT and Me
Does positive thinking lead to greater happiness? If only it were that simple. When negative thinking gets you down, here’s what to do instead.

How Happy Are You?

If researchers really wanted to know how happy people are, they’d ask those people’s colleagues, neighbors, and family members, not the people themselves.

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

How I failed at psychotherapy and why.

The Drug Free Way to Sleep Soundly

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Think Well
Here's a surprisingly simple way to beat insomnia without the use of drugs or supplements.

Natural Remedies for… Pain?

Is your chronic pain starting to wear you down? Natural remedies may be of help.

But It Worked for Me: The Value of Self-Experimentation

By Joel Minden, PhD on August 09, 2016 in CBT and Me
We all have patterns of behavior we'd like to change. Here's how to approach it like a scientist.

Compulsive Sexual Behavior

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on August 05, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Why should we be concerned about compulsive sexual behavior? Pornography, which is just one part of compulsive sexual behavior, is a huge business, and as such, it is here to stay.

MIndfulness Practices Relieve Lower Back Pain

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 04, 2016 in Cravings
Suffering from lower back pain? These mindfulness techniques may hold the key to relief.

Can a Cook Be Replaced by a Recipe?

Even manualized therapies need clinical thinkers.

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 30, 2016 in CBT and Me
When everyday worries turn into intense anxiety, these strategies based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can help.

Better Mindsets, Better Results

Here are 4 mindset shifts that can help us win at life.

Curing Fear of Flying in 140 Characters or Less

Sam was insistent. If I wasn't using Twitter to help people fly, I was missing something big.

The Surest (and Trickiest) Way to Make Yourself Healthier

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 26, 2016 in CBT and Me
Do you find it difficult to eat right or exercise? Instead of searching for willpower, address the barriers to success.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

Free-Range Psychology

Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

Forget the Inner Child: What About the Inner Adult?

We've all heard about the importance of the inner child in the creation of a sustaining life. But what about the inner adult?

What Is Anxiety?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Why We Worry
Anxiety-based problems are very common, and around 30-40% of individuals in Western societies will develop a problem that is anxiety related

7 Habits of a Happy Brain

You can build new neural pathways by feeding your brain new experiences. Here's how to choose experiences that stimulate each happy chemical.
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Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.

4 Reasons Why Change Is Hard, But Worth It

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Living Forward
Four little known reasons why it can be hard to change your thinking, even when you know you should.

Who's Riding on Your "Me-Bus"?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in BrainSnacks
Advocates of the modular mind concept see no need to assume the existence of a single "executive self"; no master module; no CEO circuit; no super-me; not even an "ego."

Is Your Therapist a Narcissist?

By Donna Barstow on June 28, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Here's why doctors think they're all that.

What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 27, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Ingesting drugs and alcohol may produce short-term rewards that then result in a lack of control over the behavior.

The Power of Imagery

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Think Well
While the power of positive thinking is great, the power of positive imagery is often greater. Here are two of the most effective visualization techniques.
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The $10 Million Question

What if you could win a large sum of money just by making yourself feel a little worse?

The More I Check, the Less Confident I Feel

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Trying to find certainty through repeated checking in OCD is bound to backfire.

Critical Incident Stress Reactions from Violent Crime

Exposure to traumatic events have both short-term consequences and long-term impact but recovery is possible

7 Myths About Mindfulness (and What You Need to Know)

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Mindfulness is a deceptively simple practice, and can be life changing. We shouldn't let misunderstandings about it prevent us from trying it out.