Thoughts cause emotions


There seems (in my recent experience with IAPT services) to be an increasing explicit assumption that Beck’s CT is based on the premise that negative thoughts cause negative emotions eg a direct causal relationship. An iapt therapist told me in no uncertain terms that this is what she had been taught on her course ?

This message also appears to have been given to patients. Have I missed something here ..but to me this seems incredibly harmful , not to mention I’ll informed ?

  • Pam

    Negative emotions cause negative thoughts and positive emotions cause positive thoughts. Negative emotions can be caused by physical illnesses and then that leads to negative thoughts especially memories. I think that CBT has got this the wrong way around.


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