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Cognitive Therapy of Depression
This bestselling, classic work offers a definitive presentation of the theory and practice of cognitive therapy for depression. Aaron T. Beck and his associates set forth their seminal argument that depression arises from a "cognitive triad" of errors and from the idiosyncratic way that one infers, recollects, and generalizes. From the initial interview to termination, man ...more
Paperback, 425 pages
Published February 4th 1987 by The Guilford Press
(first published 1979)
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Sep 04, 2007 stephanie rated it 5 of 5 stars
this was one of the first books i read when i first accepted the fact that there was something psychologically wrong with me. my therapist told me this was one of the books she would have read in grad school and gave me another reading list - but this book comforted me in ways i can't explain. not only was there actual documentation of the things i was feeling, there was a treatment! that was (fairly) old and didn't need me to talk about my grandmother in order to improve.
it is pretty dry thoug ...more
it is pretty dry thoug ...more
This is a very good book. I love the classics of Aaron Beck. The writing is simple and apealing. It explains everything so well and has examples so you can understand better each technic and how it works on the patient. Highly recommended for people working as a psychologist/psychotherapist or even if you're just curious.
A CBT classic. A cross between a manualised treatment and a textbook as it reads like a treatment protocol encased in personal and theoretical commentary. The clinical examples are helpfully illustrative. The chapters could be standalone if you're interested in various aspects of cognitive therapy or behavioural activation techniques etc.
Although relatively old (as far as therapeutic technique manuals go), this book is timeless in that it instructs the reader in the theories of cognitive therapy, the techniques of cognitive therapy, and the techniques of completing research on cognitive therapy. The book is well-written and easy to read and understand (as are most books about cognitive therapy by Beck), and gives the reader the feeling of accomplishment, much as cognitive therapy gives to the patient.
Mar 02, 2008 James rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially therapists and counselors
One of the classics that actually deserves that status - this book elegantly and empathically examines the problem of depression and shows the reader practical solutions both for the therapist/counselor and for the client. This should be on the bookshelf of anyone whose work involves helping people overcome emotional problems.
Better for theory than Judith Beck's book, which is more practical. But since I am already very familiar with this theory, and had read chapters from this book previously, no surprising revelations here...