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Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders

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Beck, one of the founders of cognitive therapy, provides a comprehensive guide to its theory and practice.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 1979 by Plume (first published September 1st 1975)
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Basic introduction to cognitive therapy and psychopathology

Aaron T. Beck explains in simple language the emotional disorders: anxiety, depression, phobias, mania, obsessions and compulsions... It describes both theories and specific strategies to cope with each disorder. The last chapter of the book is a comparison between cognitive therapy, psychoanalysis and behavioral therapy. He strongly endorses cognitive therapy and gives statistics on its success rates.

Even if you aren't interested in ps
Rachel Brown
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Classic work on cognitive therapy by one of its founders. Parts are technical, but overall it’s straightforward, easy to read, and a good introduction.

The basic idea of cognitive therapy (CT) is that a lot of anxiety is caused by thoughts. Typically, these are negative, irrational, automatic thoughts which go on at a low level of consciousness – not unconsciousness, but a sort of background chatter which you may not be aware of, but can easily call into awareness if you pay attention. Stuff like
Since I'm currently seeing a therapist who practices cognitive behavioral therapy, and since Aaron Beck is still involved with the University of Pennsylvania (where my therapist was trained and works), I was curious to read some of his original writings on cognitive therapy. This book was originally published nearly thirty years ago, so there were some holes in it that, were it written today, Beck probably would have discussed. For example, there is very little discussion of the potential biolog ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a book to read if you are taking a Psychotherapy or Counseling class. This is not a book to read if you are looking to self-improve or work on your own cognitive schemas. As a psych graduate, there was nothing new in here for me, and Beck's writing wasn't nearly as enjoyable as Irvin Yalom's, Carl Rogers's, or even Freud's. That's a shame, because cognitive therapy is the one that speaks to me the most, along with existential / humanistic therapy. If you are new to the cognitive model of ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تطوّر علم النفس مع مرور السنين ليثبت لنا ان الانسان داخله عميق بحاجة للكثير من التفسيرات وان تولُّد الانفعالات سببه نظرة الانسان للامور يلخص الكاتب في كتابه هذا كيفية التعامل مع الاشخاص ذوي الامراض النفسية ويُبسط افكارهم التي تطورت لتصبح امراضًا او قلقًا حادّ
Melissa Jung
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great basic introduction to the foundations of cognitive therapy. I'm glad this book was accidentally shipped to me and I never returned it. ...more
reham ammar
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رائع جدا للمعالجين ترجمة فوق الممتاز .. الكتاب ممتع فوق الوصف وعميق اكثر مما يتصور
David Rambo
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Authored by the man who literally wrote the book on cognitive therapy. CBT has a proven scientific track record of verifiability and effectiveness. Common sense is a hallmark of this therapy modality. While not an attack on Freudian psychoanalysis per se, the book does show the sharp contrast between some of the ridiculous notions of Freud as opposed to the fact that our thoughts produce emotions which drive our behavior, and by examining our thoughts to see if they are reasonable, and trying to ...more
Aug 27, 2018 marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition
Depressed people are caught in a feedback loop in which distorted thoughts cause negative feelings, which then distort thinking further. Beck’s discovery is that you can break the cycle by changing the thoughts. A big part of cognitive therapy is training clients to catch their thoughts, write them down, name the distortions, and then find alternative and more accurate ways of thinking. Over many weeks, the client’s thoughts become more realistic, the feedback loop is broken, and the client’s an ...more
Henry Manampiring
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, readable even for layman. Whilst it may be written for psychotherapy professionals, the writing is accessible enough for general readers. Those into Stoicism will see how Cognitive Therapy is the manifestation of the ancient philosophy. Recommended.
Louis Santos
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Really made sense of the existing ideas I had about how our faulty perceptions of ourselves , the environment, and the future, can affect our emotional/physical well-being.
Liz Wright
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most books on cognitive therapy, Beck begins by discussing his creation and the uses of cognitive therapy. He instructs the reader on understanding the role of cognitions, and applies these ideas to depression, anxiety, and obsessive disorders. As with most Beck books, the text is easy to understand and enjoyable to read.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars. Maybe this is outdated or it wasn't the author's purpose but to me cognitive therapy seems superficial and the whole strategy of changing Your thoughts and behaviour without bringing in one history, childhood upbringing, attachment aspects is going to work only temporarily. ...more
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب يشرح بشكل مبسط ويسير على القارئ الغير متخصص ماهية العلاج المعرفي، ويمكن المتلقي من "معالجة نفسه" إن كانت اضطراباته بسيطة، وبلا شك تساعده في فهم أساليب المعالج النفسي ليكون له مزيد من القبول. كتاب رائع جدا وزاده روعة احترافية المترجم عادل مصطفى وأمانته العلمية. ...more
Ayat Hussin
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رائع.. رائع
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is a very clear book with quite a lot of examples that make the concept of Cognitive Therapy easy to grasp. Can absolutely recommend it.
عمر عبدالفتاح
الكتاب موجه لأطباء النفسيين لذلك انت مش هتستفيد ، في بعض الأفكار اللي هتفيدك لكن الأكيد أن في كتب تانية تستحق وقتك .
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
An interesting and thorough overview of early cognitive behavior therapy and how it fits into the larger field of therapy.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very informative book on cognitive therapy and emotional disorders, it does not give enough tools to self-treat after a self-analysis.

This book seems primarily written for therapists and explains the path of the author, a former psychoanalyst who found the precepts of psychoanalysis too far from the reality in the field and how he found this new (for 1970 ) therapy.

Through the 12 chapters that describe the mechanisms of affective disorders (anxiety, depression, phobias and obsessions, psychosoma
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book definitely deserves the title of classic! Aaron Beck's work has been very influential to the field of psychology and this book makes the techniques of cognitive therapy accessible to everyone. I did only rate it 4 stars since most of these concepts have been drilled into my read relentlessly over my few school years, so a lot of things just seemed very repetitive. For anyone with an interest in psychology, or even a little self-help pick me up, this would be the book. ...more
Xinyi Tan
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
haven't read a non-fiction book in forever and this one definitely was a struggle, continually putting me to sleep, even till the final pages, but it does give some perspective in how anxiety develops, and the thought processes involved in reducing anxiety. it does cover depression, suicidal ideation, psychomotor retardation amongst other things. informative. ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book after seeing seeing aaron beck on PBS talking about freuds legacy (everyone loves to hate him, but has never actually read freud). I was instantly intreged by him. This book is great, if you want to understand how we think, and how our emotions work on a cognitive level read this book. I think this book should be mandatory reading for every human.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seminal work on cognitive therapy, by the founder of cognitive therapy. Rather than reading about Beck's contributions, piecemeal, in a cobbled together textbook, it is always best to go to the source and work your way forward. ...more
Arkadiy Volkov
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Круто, но уж слишком много "объективности". Хрен знает, есть ли она вообще, и если есть, под силу ли человеку до нее докопаться.
Да и вообще. Такое впечатление иногда, что хотел он отойти подальше, чтобы взглянуть на психику со стороны, да и вышагнул за человека.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Clear, easy to understand and apply.
Shari Kim
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it
A little slow, but it is a classic. Not my personal preference for how to do therapy, but it's always nice to hear alternate points of view. ...more
Oct 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was read for personal reasons. This is a good book to refer to every on an as needed basis. I did apply some of the techniques, but do not agree with all of them. It works for self and others.
Linda Sliz
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great insight on how we think and how how our emotions work on a cognitive level. Lots to learn from this one.
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Se nossos pensamentos forem limpos e claros, estaremos melhor preparados para alcançar nossos objetivos.”
(Aaron Beck)
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Aaron Temkin Beck is an American psychiatrist who is professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy, and his pioneering theories are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression. Beck also developed self-report measures of depression and anxiety, notably the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) which became ...more

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