The Cognitive Model (CBT): An introductory Explanation:
Two different people can react very differently to identical situations. The basic premise of CBT is based on explaining WHY this happens, and HOW you can control your reactions. Here is an example:
Situation #1: Boss and new employee number 1 talking in a conference room. Boss says to the employee, “You are a nice person. I like you.”
Automatic Thought of Employee #1: “He likes me. That is great, I must be making a positive impression”
Emotion of Employee #1: Happiness
Behavior of Employee #1: Smiles and leans forward.
Physical Response of Employee #1: Relaxation
Situation #2: Boss and new employee #2 are talking in a conference room. Boss says to employee #2, “You are a nice person. I like you.”
Emotion of Employee #2: Anxiety
Behavior of Employee #2: Frowns and looks down.
Physical Response of Employee #2: Increased heart rate.
The Automatic Thought of each employee creates very different reactions to identical situations. During Cognitive Therapy, clients learn to identify, challenge, and change these automatic thoughts.
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