Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Popular Cognitive Therapy

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Popular Cognitive Therapy

Article excerpt

Popular Cognitive Therapy The 10 Dumbest Mistakes Smart People Make and How to Avoid Them Dr. Arthur Freeman and Rose DeWolf. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993. 284pp., $10.00.

This is an excellent little self-help book, from the folks who brought you Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda. It translates, in a very readable and down-to-earth way, the principles and procedures of Cognitive Therapy into practical advice.

The book contains 14 chapters. The Introduction and Chapter 1 are fundamental in nature, outlining some of the principles and assumptions behind Cognitive Therapy. The next 10 chapters each describe and analyze the thinking mistakes commonly made even by smart people. They are: 1. The Chicken Little Syndrome (catastrophizing), 2. Mind Reading (making unwarranted assumptions), 3. Personalizing, 4. Believing Your Press Agent (too much and undifferentiated positive thinking), 5. Believing Your Critics (too much and undifferentiated negative thinking), 6. Perfectionism, 7. Comparisonitis (comparing oneself to others detrimentally), 8. "What-if' Thinking (excessive worry), 9. The Imperative Should (using too many "shoulds"), and 10. Yes-Butism (following positives with negatives). Each chapter describes one syndrome, with numerous short examples, and most discuss techniques for changing these patterns. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.