Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a Nutshell, Second Edition is a concise introduction to one of the most widely-practiced approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.

Leading authors, Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden, explain the model and the core techniques used during the therapeutic process to:

elicit and examine negative automatic thoughts; uncover and explore underlying assumptions, rules and core beliefs (schemas); and; maintain gains from therapy.

For newcomers to the subject, this revised and updated edition of Cognitive Therapy in a Nutshell provides the ideal place to start and a springboard to further study.

Identifying and Examining Underlying Assumptions, Rules and Core Beliefs

Identifying and examining underlying assumptions, rules and core beliefs

Unhelpful assumptions, rigid rules and negative core beliefs were discussed in Chapter 1, but to refresh your memory: unhelpful assumptions (‘If I always please others, then they won't reject me’) and rigid rules (‘I must always strive to do my best at all times’) provide a code of conduct for operating in the world. However, if the terms of the assumptions are not met (the person is rejected) or rules are not adhered to (the person does less than his best), then negative core beliefs about the self (‘I'm unlikeable’), others (‘No one can be trusted’) or the world (‘Everything is against me’) are activated and accompanied by ...

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