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Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (Meridian) [Paperback]

By Aaron T. Beck (Author)
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One of the founders of cognitive therapy writes a clear, comprehensive guide to the basis of emotional disturbance and highlights such important concepts as learning the meaning of hidden messages, listening to automatic thoughts, the role of sadness, anger and anxiety, understanding and overcoming phobias and depression, and applying the cognitive system of therapy to specific problems.

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Beck, one of the founders of cognitive therapy, provides a comprehensive guide to its theory and practice.

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Studio: Plume
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.01" Width: 5.34" Height: 1.05"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1993
Publisher   Plume
Age  18
ISBN  0452009286  
ISBN13  9780452009288  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Aaron T. Beck, MD, is the founder of cognitive therapy, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and President Emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Beck is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Service Award, the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Award for Research in Neuropsychiatry, and the Institute of Medicine's Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health and Gustav O. Lienhard Award.
A. John Rush, MD, holds the Betty Jo Hay Distinguished Chair in Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and is Vice-Chairman for Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Brian F. Shaw, PhD, is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, and a member of the graduate faculty in the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.

Gary Emery, PhD, is director of the Los Angeles Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA.

Aaron T. Beck has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Pennsylvania.

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Good Stuff!  Jun 11, 2008
Having heard about "cognitive therapy" and how successful it can be, I recently decided to order this book from this site in hope of learning more about this widely recognized and demonstrated psychotherapeutic model and approach. I am really glad that I did, as I can honestly say, sans all exaggeration, that thoughtfully perusing this book from the late 1970s has probably helped me more than reading/studying any book on psychology or "self help" has helped me in many years. While contemplating some of the logical insights this book contains, I found myself, almost unintentionally, rather quickly identifying and correcting a few of my own erroneous "automatic thoughts" and thereby adroitly overcoming a major acute irrational neurotic/phobic fear that, quite frankly, had personally haunted me for decades, apparently as a result of some repeated direct exposure to major trauma when I was younger and subsequent hysteric "somatic imaging".

Otherwise, I am pleased to report that this book is quite understandable, even though it is in no way "dummied down". While the narrative contains a few technical terms and occasional "big words", I think that, overall, this book is quite accessible, informative, and even "common sensical" for an intelligent/educated layperson. The reader does not have to be a trained mental health professional to benefit significantly from reading this book or to comprehend the information that it contains.
Simple Student  Feb 28, 2007
Reading Cognitive Therapy for a book report, I found myself boggled down with heavy...almost convoluted terminology. The book could have been written lighter, and yet not miss the meaning nor the purpose of writing it. I would suggest the book for someone who not only had a sold foundation in psychology ,but also has the ability to cipher through the heavy language.
An Accomplished Piece - but not really for lay readers  Dec 20, 2000
Dr Beck's book is particularly comprehensive and advances a strong argument for the establishment of Cognitive Therapy - it is, of course, accepted now as a valuable tool in the fight against the various anxiety/emotional disorders.

The book itself is directed towards the academic or professional reader and, although it is useful for the interested lay reader, I found the book to have excessive "psychobabble". On numerous occasions I found myself saying that a much simpler language would have sufficed. Furthermore there is a hint of patronisation running through the text - again indicating that the book is not really for lay readers.

Notwithstanding, the book is more than 20 years old yet is still a landmark in its field. Recommended for the student but only for the (already) well-informed lay reader.

If you're considering psychotherapy, begin here!  Mar 21, 1997
A basic introduction to cognitive therapy by its most prominent founder. After 21 years, still the most-cited book on the subject -- and the one I most often recommend to new patients. Cognitive therapy (including its extended form, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT) has an unmatched track record for getting results. In this book Dr. Aaron Beck explains clearly and persuasively just how and why it works. For additional book recommendations and other basic information on CBT, you're welcome to visit my homepage at

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