Before everyone gets too excited about who was responsible for the "discovery" of core beliefs I think you should be aware of emerging theoretical developments in cognitive therapy that suggest the mind simply does not have such things as core beliefs. These beliefs seem instead to be repeated outputs of the cognitive/attentional system. By implication one does not need to "target core beliefs" but rather to employ cognitve/attentional and behavioural strategies that fundamentally change this system. I think all cognitive therapists should be aware of the work of Adrian Wells and his colleagues (Attention and Emotion by Wells and Matthews, Metacognition and Emotional Disorder, Wells). At the end of the day nothing beats a good theory that is grounded in cognitive science and this is what is outlined here and, for me, represents the future of cognitive therapy.
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