Thoughts and emotions have a strong influence on one’s own behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to show that although not everything can be controlled, interpretations and reactions can be managed. Participants thus learn to recognize their thought patterns and re-evaluate them. What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)? Cognitive behavioral therapy emerged in the 1960s and originated in the work of psychiatrist Aaron Beck. He noticed that certain thought patterns trigger emotional problems. Beck referred to this as the “negative thought spiral” and developed the process of cognitive therapy. The cognitive approach looks at how thoughts and feelings affect behavior. Since then, the form of therapy has become an effective first-line treatment for a variety of disorders and diseases. “Cognitive” is derived from the Latin term “cognoscere,” meaning “to recognize.” The therapy helps identify and discard negative patterns and form new positive thought patterns. It is one of the most researched…

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