Is Cognitive-Behavior Modification Sufficiently Cognitive?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 736–737. Reviews the book, Cognitive-Behavior Modification: An Integtative Approach by Donald Meichenbaum (1977). It demonstrates the importance of cognition in an area where, up to a few years ago, it was almost shamefully neglected-that of personality change. It counteracts, in this respect, some of the recent obsessive-compulsive overstressing of feeling, feeling, feeling. It presents a large amount of empirical evidence that tends to confirm the view of several philosophers (especially Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius) and of an increasing number of therapists (such as Adler, Kelly, Ellis, and Beck) that humans are not disturbed by the things that happen to them but by their view of these events, and that changing their views significantly helps them to ameliorate their “emotional” disturbances. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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