View Full Version : If you're white and all you can think about is how good blacks have it, you're an idiot
Really Not All That Bright
07-16-2009, 10:10 AM
There are white people in Cambodia?
07-16-2009, 01:09 PM
Huh? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is pretty much all about what you've done in the past. That's the point of it - it's about recognising your own reactions to things that have already occurred. Then you can apply what you've learned to your reactions today. Without looking at the past and your past self, i'm not entirely sure how it would work. You'd have to judge things solely as they are at the time, which the therapy presupposes may well be a faulty judgement.
It's possible she meant Rational Emotive Therapy. I dunno why, since the two therapies are nothing alike and don't even sound the same, but I've gotten the two names mixed up before.
No, I wouldn't confuse RET with CBT. The latter is the larger umbrella term.
And as for CBT focusing on the present rather than the past:
I really don't like Wiki as a source, but it does refer to the merger of Cognitive Therapy and Behavior Therapy and mentions that both of them focus on "the here and now" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_behavioral_therapy) (I might add that this would be as opposed to psychodynamic therapies which take a long time and are more likely to explore childhood and adolescent traumas and relationships and that which in psychology is called the "ego.")
I haven't studied psychology since graduate school, so I will yield to any of you who are licensed psychologists or mental patients who have had CBT yourselves.
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