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Chapter 7: Cognitive-Behavioral Dialogue: Exploring Attitudes and Behaviors

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Cognitive-Behavioral Dialogue: Exploring Attitudes and Behaviors
Cognitive-behavioral dialogue: Exploring attitudes and behaviors

In this chapter, theories and interventions associated with cognitive-behavioral dialogue are presented. As is true of any methods described in the text, the methods (rituals) described below can be used in concert with methods drawn from other models described in other chapters.

Two “Kinds” of Cognitive Conversation

People can engage in either relatively safe conversation or in conversation that is relatively more courageous. Both kinds of conversation can be useful in the process of transforming historical trauma.

Everyday conversation usually includes the sharing of relatively “safe” attitudes that are likely to be accepted by others. Such conversation may help us initially connect with other people, so that deeper connection may follow. For example, we might say, “Nice ...

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