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“We almost always see only what’s wrong with other people and not what’s wrong with us” – Joyce Meyer.

Should ones automatic thoughts and core beliefs be successfully challenged (shown to be inaccurate or unhelpful) and subsequently, be purposefully replaced by thoughts and beliefs that are more accurate and beneficial, this may be referred to as ‘Cognitive Restructuring’. Such techniques and processes are used extensively in psychiatry and psychology to treat serious mental disorders (see below) however, the service offered here is as an aid to self discovery and self actualization through the realization of ones full potential. To this end CEREBRUM offer a comprehensive and confidential Cognitive Restructuring Coaching Service (see course example).

WARNING! This course is a ‘Personal Development Programme’ not an alternative or complimentary treatment for mental disorders as defined by ‘International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision’  ICD-10 . If you believe you have such a mental disorder you should consult your GP.

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[source: M Glinn DPhil]

Cognitive aspects of CBT [Cognitive Behavioral Therapy]

Cognition can be defined as “the mental processes of perceiving, remembering, reasoning, evaluating, and imagining.”  CBT holds that most of our emotions and behaviors are the result of our cognitions regarding what we think or believe about ourselves, other people, and the world.  These cognitions shape how we interpret and evaluate what happens to us, influence how we feel about it, and provide a guide to how we should respond.  Unfortunately, sometimes our interpretations, evaluations, and underlying beliefs, thoughts, contain distortions, errors, or biases, or are not very useful or helpful.  This results in unnecessary suffering and often causes us to react in ways that are maladaptive.  CBT provides many methods for becoming more aware of our cognition’s and for modifying them when they are distorted or are not useful.  Collectively, these methods are called “cognitive restructuring.” ……;

The process of cognitive restructuring

 Cognitive restructuring refers to the process of replacing cognitive distortions with thoughts that are more accurate and useful.  Cognitive restructuring has two basic steps:  (1) Identifying the thoughts or beliefs that are influencing the disturbing emotion;  (2) Evaluating them for their accuracy and usefulness using logic and evidence, and if warranted, modifying or replacing the thoughts with ones that are more accurate and useful.

 A key component of CBT is called “cognitive restructuring,” which is a set of procedures that promote more accurate and useful thinking.  It is very helpful in treating depression, anxiety, and other problems.



source:[Nelson Binggeli, PhD]

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