Monday, July 20, 2015

Thinking . . .

Anyone who has studied psychology at university probably recognizes Aaron Beck as the "Father of Cognitive Thinking Therapy".  He was kind of a big deal.  The apple didn't fall too far from the tree with his daughter Dr. Judith S. Beck, author of "The Beck Diet Solution" and "Beck Diet for Life".   I've read both books.

In her books, Beck talks about how every action is preceded by a thought. Sometimes that thought process happens so quickly that we're not even aware of it, but it happen nonetheless.  So if we can identify that thought and make corrections where necessary, we can change (in this case) our eating habits and choices.

I consider this stuff solid gold.  When I actively work on it, I get good results.  The key is actively working on it.

So I went downstairs and picked up one of her books.  I selected the second one since I know the first one too well.  I thought I needed something newer even though I think they are very similar.  It's sitting on my desk.  I had every intention of opening it before I wrote this post.



  1. Hari OM
    Absolutely no action happens without thought preceding it. This is the fundamental premise of philosophy. Even those actions which we consider as 'instinct' (swatting at a fly or scratching a mozzie bite for example); if we are keeping focused in our every moment we know this and can stop the action. Majority times we are letting the mind scatter in all directions but now, thus surrendering the control we desire. All too often we look then to the physical/external to explain, support or justify what is actually an intellectual/internal matter.

    Understanding the intention is a good step; if answers are not coming, then understanding what initiated the intention is required. The left of field approach...
    Eyes-on...YAM xx

  2. I think I should have a donut. But Mom says it's steamed salmon and green beans for dinner. She's going to check out that book!

    Abby Lab

  3. I love cognitive behaviour therapy. I think it is so interesting. I use it on myself - sometimes with great effect.


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