From “Feeling Good…” on page 82, Dr. Burns goes on to say,
You are probably skeptical of all this because your negative thinking has become such a part of your life that it has become automatic. For this reason I call negative thoughts “automatic thoughts.” They run through your mind automatically without the slightest effort on your part to put them there. They are as obvious and natural to you as the way you hold a fork. Intense negative thinking always accompanies a depressive episode, or any painful emotion for that matter. Your moody thoughts are likely to be entirely different from those you have when you are not upset.”
Although “Feeling Good…” may seem like old news to many, it can still be a radical bombshell to those still believe that it is events “out there” the cause them to become upset rather than their irrational beliefs, cognitive distortions and automatic negative self-talk bubbling away just below the level of conscious awareness. In my opinion (Rex) this is one of the most import books ever written for non-professionals on the subject of depression and other “garden variety” mood disorders. Since the book was written, mindfulness meditation and mindfulness practice has been widely embraced by CBT practitioners. Together with with Burn’s classic approach offers a powerful tool-for-living as well as an effective way of dealing with depression.
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Originally posted 2017-06-17 20:00:06.