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Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders [Hardcover]

Aaron T. Beck
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Sep 1975
Is the emotionally disturbed person a victim of forces beyond his awareness, over which he has no control? This is the belief on which neuropsychiatry, psychoanalysis, and behaviour therapy are all based. But what if this premise is wrong? What if a person's psychological difficulties stem from his own erroneous assumptions and faulty concepts of himself and the world? Such a person can be helped to recognize and correct distortions in thinking that cause his emotional disturbance. Now one of the founders of cognitive therapy has written a clear, comprehensive guide to its theory and practice, highlighting such important concepts as learning the meaning of hidden messages - listening to your automatic thoughts - the role of sadness, anger and anxiety - understanding and overcoming phobias and depression.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Intl Universities Pr Inc (Sep 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823609901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823609901
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,512,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aaron T. Beck is widely seen as the father of cognitive therapy. Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, he is the founder of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He lives in Philadelphia. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars lucid and convincing 11 Nov 2004
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This is a persuasive and well-written case for the efficacy of cognitive therapy. At times it seems pedantic in its spelling out of endless examples, but at least this has the advantage that Beck never takes our understanding of his points for granted, and is suggestive that his conclusions are thoroughly thought out. The section on techniques of cognitive therapy is particularly telling and he ends with a useful comparison of cognitive and other types of therapy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Text on Cognitive Therapy 5 Jan 2011
This is the classic text providing an overview of early Beckian cognitive therapy. It's a very old book now (or I'd give it five stars). You'd be much better to look at Beck's more recent books for a current account of cognitive therapy.

Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders
Depression: Causes and Treatment

Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders is still a very interesting account of how cognitive therapy developed in relation to other approaches, particularly behaviour therapy. The chapters include,

1. Common Sense and Beyond
2. Tapping the Internal Communications
3. Meaning and Emotions
4. Cognitive Content of the Emotional Disorders
5. The Paradoxes of Depression
6. The Alarm is Worse than the Fire: Anxiety Neurosis
7. Afraid but not Afraid: Phobias and Obsessions
8. Mind over Body: Psychosomatic Disorders and Hysteria
9. Principles of Cognitive Therapy
10. Techniques of Cognitive Therapy
11. The Cognitive Therapy of Depression
12. The Status of Cognitive Therapy

Donald Robertson, author of,
The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy
The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid the Father of Hypnotherapy
The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for counselling assignments 30 April 2009
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Good book each person who borrowed it from the university library has ended up buying it. That shows what a useful resource it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's CBT 14 Mar 2009
An excellent description of cognitive psychotherapy and how to apply it by one of the most qualified and authoritative figures in the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Becks CBT 26 Aug 2013
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This book is an excellent introduction into cognitive psychotherapy and also on how to apply it. Thank you Dr Beck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 9 July 2013
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This book has proved to be a great buy, I use it in my private practice a lot. Must have
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