Cognitive reappraisal in CBT involves a disputation of “distorted thinking” to help people rectify their views so they are more in line with “reality”. Similarly, the Right Effort is a central skill set in the “Eightfold Noble Path” in Buddhist psychology, which teaches people to notice the kind of thoughts that inhabits their mind and choose carefully to think helpful thoughts and abandon unhelpful ones. Since Aaron T. Beck’s philosophy underlying Cognitive Therapy was derived from both ancient Greek and Buddhist philosophies, it is not surprising that both CBT-based cognitive reappraisal and the “Right Effort” involve identifying unhelpful thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing the way we think about something or someone. This masterclass will describe both methods, the relationship between the two, and the important differences in their practice and fundamental assumptions.
You will learn:
- The nature and practice of cognitive reappraisal in CBT
- The nature and practice of the Right Effort in Buddhist psychology
- The important differences between the two approaches to reappraisal
- The application of the Right Effort as cognitive reappraisal in MiCBT