Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a relatively new method of treatment for anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

CBT draws strongly on the science of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) - more about NLP here.
CBT involves using Cognitive Srategies and Behavioural Strategies.
Cognitive strategies involve learning to recognise the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that make us feel bad, and then changing those thoughts into more realistic, happier ones which will be psychologically healthier for us.
Behavioural Strategies involve undertaking certain behaviours that help us change the way we think and feel.

This can include Goal Setting, using more "going toward" language (positive speech patterns and vocabulary), confronting situations rather than avoiding them, practising relaxation techniques, abandoning perfectionistic / procrastination type behaviours , and activity scheduling (a subset of goal setting) plus introducing exercise and a wider range of social acivities and interactions.

Interestingly, the underlying tenets of the treatment method have been widely available for the last 70 years in all the best known personal development books.

These range from "How to Win Friends and Influence People" (Dale Carnegie,1936) and "Think and Grow Rich" (Napoleon Hill) plus "The 7 habits of Highly Successful People" (Steven Covey) and the outstanding "Unlimited Power" (1986) and "Awaken the Giant Within" by Anthony Robbins, plus so many, many other texts, too numerous to quote here.

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