Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT)

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Cognitive Behavioral Theory Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) evolved from Aaron Beck’s work. He originally applied CBT to individuals who were depressed. Beck’s cognitive model explains that “people’s interpretations of negative life events play a role in the experience of depression. He argued that depressed individuals hold negative beliefs or schemas. These schemas… involve themes of loss, inadequacy, interpersonal rejection, and worthlessness” (Beck, 1991, p. 269). The main component of CBT focuses on an individual’s thought process, and its influence on his/her behavior. CBT is designed to dissect and extrapolate cognitions that provokes distinct emotional and behavioral responses. As cited Gonzalez-Prendes and Resko (2012), these distinct cognitions are formed by assumptions, judgements, and appraisals, which are connected to traumatic situations. They also may impact emotions and behaviors, which will either assist in and/or prevent the adaption process.…show more content…
The three elements in the Triad are; the self, the world, and the future. Brown et al (1995), conducted a study in which students at a particular college were purposefully given low exam scores. The students had been expecting better grades than what they received. This experience colored their perception of self, and their perspective on the future. This study determined that with unexpected negative results, symptoms of depression become apparent within the individual. This study also determined that by giving these college students low exam scores, they developed a fear of not being able to pass the class. As the student felt the fear of not being able to pass the class, they were no longer interested in the class. Furthermore, they began to believe that they were no longer worthy of receiving a higher education. And finally, they denounced the world as a remarkable
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