Cognitive CBT Therapy Online – How to Control Your Emotions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is now one of the most recommended forms of psychotherapy, and with good reason. Unlike many older styles of “talk therapy” CBT works on changing the process that generates and sustains anxiety, depression, stress, addictions and other forms of emotional suffering. We can call it a process-centered therapy to distinguish it from the more content-based approaches of the past.
The theory goes that emotional suffering is produced by uncontrolled reactive thinking and irrational beliefs, and the purpose of CBT is to make the client aware of these dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs and then to remove them or change them into more positive thoughts. This will stop feeding the emotional formation and the anxiety or depression will diminish in direct proportion.
Now, it is certainly true that reactive thinking will feed emotional suffering and will reinforce emotional reactivity. Rumination, excessive worrying, anticipatory thinking, “what if” thinking, etc become like fire wood that fuels the fire of anxiety, depression, addiction and stress.
However, in Mindfulness Therapy we recognize that changing reactive thoughts is not sufficient by itself to transform and resolve emotional reactivity, anxiety or depression. This is because, there are underlying Core Emotions that feed the reactive thinking. The thoughts depend on this underlying emotional energy to feed the thoughts which then feeds the core emotions in a positive feed-back loop.
We have to transform and resolve the core emotions in order to effect a complete change. This was implied in a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Mindfulness Therapy plays close attention to changing the core emotions. What is so interesting is that if you resolve the emotion that feed the thinking the reactive and dysfunctional thoughts and beliefs tend to drop away, to be replaced by more functional thinking, and quite naturally.
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