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Unread October 24th, 2004, 07:49 PM
john donohue john donohue is offline
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Default Re: Is it important to change the client's dysfunctional cognitions?

You'r discussion of the causal connection between thinking and emotion is revealing. Upon 2nd reading it was clearer you're noted research appears to support the notion that a change of - mind (distorted thinking) may precede changes in emotion and ultimately adjustment. One thing that has impressed me over time is how slow going the use of disputation seems to be. It has occurred to me though, if George Kelley's premise is true that our constructs are layered upon a fairly rigid hiearchy, changing one habit of mind may require something akin to a seismic shift in prioritizing perception and motivation. Your note that some see CT strategies as counterproductive might be involved with this predicament of disputing the wrong layer of one's constructs and having the consequence of firming up resisitance.
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