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5 Benefits to investing in cognitive behavior therapy

March 22, 2019

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy, known as CBT is a form of therapy aimed at helping individuals rearrange their thought process and rid their mind of negative thoughts, replacing them with positive patterns. Oftentimes, people suffering from mental disorders like depression and anxiety mostly benefit from CBT, but any individual not suffering from the same can equally benefit from CBT. The following are reasons why you should invest in cognitive behavioral therapy:

 

You change perspective about yourself

One of the many ways you benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy is that you become capable of changing how you think about yourself. CBT helps you to control your thoughts and feelings, so for instance, someone suffering from depression will slowly begin to appreciate themselves and start changing any negative thoughts directed to themselves. At the end, confidence is cultivated and the person becomes a better person.

 

You become rational

As mentioned above, CBT helps a patient reframe their thinking and start focusing more on the positives rather than the negatives. This generally impacts the reasoning of an individual and helps them to start applying logic and reason in their thought process. Instead of the automatic negative feelings, you will be more rational in your thoughts and decisions.

Your expectations shift

Before cognitive behavioral therapy, an individual will naturally always expect poor outcomes for themselves. After reframing how they think and changing the perspective about themselves, their expectations shift. For instance, a person suffering from bipolar disorder is likely going to always belittle themselves and have poor expectations about themselves because of their condition but CBT will help them slowly start seeing themselves as better persons.

 

It helps you relax

Instead of acting tense and nervous when addressing social anxiety, you now start approaching the issue in a calmer and more relaxed way. Normally, anxiety will frighten a patient and they will most likely make the situation worse instead of alleviating it. With CBT an individual will learn how to approach and handle situations less anxious.

 

Your thinking changes

Before CBT, most individuals have lesser control over their thinking and that is why they can easily develop negative feelings about themselves or even other people close to them. CBT helps restructure your way of thinking and helps you develop strategies that help you take ahold of how you think. Instead of carelessly letting negative thoughts dominate your mind, you start applying logic to your thinking while developing into a more rational individual.

 

The takeaway

Investing in CBT will go a long way to shape you into a better individual. This is because your thought process highly affect the decisions you make. If that thought process is toxic with negativity, then you exude the same negativity and you are incapable of making informed decisions. On the other hand, if your thoughts are aligned with positivity and logic, one’s perspective changes and they are able to use their thinking to make themselves a better person. These are, just to mention a few, some of the benefits of CBT and there so many other ways you can benefit from it.

 

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