Changing our Behavior by Changing our Thoughts—Cognitive Behavior Therapy
By elenaeustache on July 02, 2014
It is a well-established medical fact that repetitive motion causes injury to the joints, tendons and muscles involved in the movement. Repetitive negative thinking causes injury to our psyche and, ultimately, our overall health, leading to depression, anxiety, lack of self-esteem, and disorders such as sleep and eating disorders, drug dependence/abuse, and illnesses.
Changing our thoughts
Our thoughts shape how we perceive the world. They drive our reaction to and feelings about certain situations and events in our lives. Thoughts influence feelings which influence behavior. It is actually our thoughts, not external factors such as the event itself, or the people around us, that determine how we handle the myriad situations that come into our lives. Oftentimes, our feelings are misplaced, and we blame the people around us, or the situation, the job, our environment, etc., but this blaming only increases our emotional stress, in addition to causing tension and conflict with the people in our lives. Cognitive behavior therapy is about learning how to change our thoughts and replace or reprogram them with positive thoughts that will lead to optimistic feelings and behavior.
What is cognitive behavior therapy?
Thoughts are our inner dialogue, they can even create reality. Think about it. How many times have you entertained an inner dialogue with someone to the point that when you finally meet up, you are angry with the person, and they have no idea what is going on with you? Everything took place in your thoughts.
Cognitive behavior therapy is very structured, requires less time, producing results much sooner than with other forms of counseling, such as psychoanalysis. It does not focus on events from the past, but gives you the tools to change your thought patterns today, to help you cope with the natural stressors in life. We cannot always change situations and for certain, we cannot change other people, but we can change how we think.
Cognitive behavior therapists do not tell you how to think. They help you learn how to channel your thoughts into positive feelings and behavior so that you can act constructively, or perhaps not act all, with the situations and events that are occurring in your life. And in so doing, enter a world of serenity, health and love.
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