How and Why Thoughts Change: Foundations of Cognitive Psychotherapy

Hardcover | March 23, 2015

byIan M. Evans

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Cognitive therapy, a core approach within a collection of psychotherapeutic techniques known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is fundamentally about changing peoples' thoughts - helping them overcome difficulties by recognizing and changing dysfunctional thinking styles. Among otherstrategies, it requires encouraging the development of skills for rehearsing new habits of thought, modifying biases in judging and interpreting social and emotional information, and for testing assumptions underlying dysfunctional and negative, distorted thinking. In How and Why Thoughts Change, Dr. Ian Evans deconstructs the nature of cognitive therapy by examining the cognitive element of CBT, that is, how and why thoughts change behavior and emotion. There are a number of different approaches to cognitive therapy, including the classic Beck approach, thelate Albert Ellis's rational-emotive psychotherapy, Young's schema-focused therapy, and newer varieties such as mindfulness training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and problem-solving strategies. Evans identifies the common principles underlying these methods, attempts to integrate them,and makes suggestions as to how our current cognitive therapies might be improved. He draws on a broad survey of contemporary research on basic cognitive processes and integrates these with therapeutic approaches. While it may seem obvious that how and what we think determines how and in what manner we behave, the relationship between thought and action is not a simple one. Evans addresses questions such as: What is the difference between a thought and a belief? How do we find the cause of a thought? And canit really be that thought causes behavior and emotion, or could it be the other way around? In a reader-friendly style that avoids jargon, this innovative book answers some pertinent questions about cognitive therapy in a way that clarifies exactly how and why thoughts change. Evans demonstratesthat understanding these concepts is a linchpin to providing and improving therapy for clients.

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Cognitive therapy, a core approach within a collection of psychotherapeutic techniques known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is fundamentally about changing peoples' thoughts - helping them overcome difficulties by recognizing and changing dysfunctional thinking styles. Among otherstrategies, it requires encouraging the developm...

Ian Evans completed his PhD in experimental and clinical psychology in 1970 at the Institute of Psychiatry, London University, under the supervision of Hans J. Eysenck. His first academic position was at the University of Hawaii, before moving to the State University of New York at Binghamton where he was director of clinical training ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:March 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Introduction: Cogito Ergo Sum2. Changing Thoughts in Practice: The Basic Concepts of Cognitive Therapies3. Thinking About Thoughts4. The "Stream" of Consciousness: Mind-wandering, Introspection, Rumination, Meditation, and Mindfulness5. Distorted Thoughts6. How Thoughts Influence Mood and Feelings-Or Is It the Other Way Around?7. How Thoughts Lead to Action-and Why They Sometimes Do Not8. General Principles of How and Why Thoughts Change9. Can Cognitive Treatments Be Enhanced?ReferencesAbout the Author

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"Evidence-based accounts of cognitive change in psychological therapies are still in the process of being refined. In this latest contribution, Dr. Ian Evans provides an important and timely conceptual synthesis of change mechanisms and how interventions directly and indirectly target aclient's negatively biased thought content and process. The result is an elegant account of cognitive and cognitive-behavior therapies that will be useful for individualized case formulation and treatment planning, and the provision of clear rationales for interventions during consultationsessions." --Nikolaos Kazantzis, PhD, Associate Professor and Director the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Research Unit, Monash University, and author of The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive and Behavior Theories in Clinical Practice