Thoughts cause emotions

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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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