Cognitive Behavior Therapy From Classical Conditioning And Instrumental Conditioning ( Operant Conditioning )

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My research paper on cognitive behavior therapy took me into many different directions, all of them were very interesting and fascinating to say the least. Cognitive Behavior therapy was initiated in the late 1950s and early 1960s by Aaron T. Beck, MD (Beck, 2011). The origin of cognitive behavior therapy stems from classical conditioning and instrumental conditioning (operant conditioning) (Craske, 2010). The topics will be on the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
When we think of psychology, most of the time people think of all the usual stereotypes. They dream up in their heads the “shrink” sitting in a chair, with the patient randomly talking as they write away what they are saying on paper. Or perhaps they drum up images of horrible, scary institutions where people are “thrown away” never to be heard from again. In reality there are many variations of this profession, including therapies and techniques. They are helpful people to people of not only mental illness, but those who suffer from stress, anxiety, this list can go on. Though for my paper I will be writing about cognitive behavior therapy, which is a combination of as the name states cognitive and behavior therapies. My hope is to do the subject matter justice in my research paper. Let us begin with the history of cognitive behavior therapy, it was initiated in the late 1950s and early 1960s by Aaron T. Beck,…
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