Analysis Of Aaron Beck's Cognitive Behavioral Theory

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Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that helps different types of behavioral problems such depression, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. The Cognitive Behavioral Theory was pioneered by Aron Beck. Although he spent most of his career studying psychoanalysis, in the 1960s his research focused on distorted thoughts that led to problematic behaviors (“Beck”, 2017). He developed the Cognitive Behavioral Theory trying to help his depressed clients while working as a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania. The Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT) approach consists on monitoring negative automatic thoughts (cognitive), recognizing the connection between cognition and behavior, examine the evidence for and against the distorted thoughts, and learn to identify and alter the dysfunctional beliefs (Craske, 2010). Overall, the main goal of the CBT is to improve mental health. This paper outlines Aaron Beck’s personal and professional life, strategies used in CBT, and its major components. Aaron Beck was born on July 18, 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the youngest of five children of parents emigrated from Russia. Beck studied English and political science at Brown University where he was elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, received the Francis Wayland Scholarship, and was an associate editor of The Brown Daily Herald. Aaron Beck graduated magna cum laude in 1942 from the Brown University and began a career in
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