New Pathways in Cognitive Therapy

The standard cognitive therapy approach may be insufficient for the more severe disorders (including borderline personality disorder). For this reason, it is imperative to map out the ways in which Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy(CT-R) addresses these disorders and successfully and collaboratively works with individuals to reach their aspirations and stay on the pathway toward Recovery. […]

MEMO: resource sparing pt iii

In daily life, a person engages in a wide variety of activities. In accomplishing ordinary tasks, such as brushing the teeth, the individual takes for granted that the task will be completed and may have an experience of satisfaction after completing this routine task. Upon completion of a more difficult task such as fixing a […]

Memo: Sparing Resources Part 2

The questions arise frequently as to what is the relationship between the positive symptoms (psychotic phenomena and inappropriate behavior) and the negative symptoms (primarily withdrawal). There are at least two major hypotheses that suggest a causal explanation for the co-occurrence of these two sets of symptoms. Hypothesis one proposes that the attenuation caused by the […]

Highlights from ISPS-US

The Beck team attended and presented at the ISPS-US 2018 conference. Here we describe some of the highlights from the conference — one highlight in particular features an in-person discussion with Dr. Beck.

Neurocognitive Resource Sparing PT I

A large proportion of hospitalized individuals who are diagnosed with chronic, non-affective psychosis (or schizophrenia) have the full set of negative symptoms such as amotivation, anergia, inactivity, etc. These individuals have also been shown to perform poorly on tests of attention, memory, executive function, cognitive processing, and emotional discrimination. It is through their psychobiological thermostat […]

MEMO: Theory of Modes PT II

“Two Wolves”: A Cherokee Legend An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil –he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, […]

Description of Modes Pt. I

As I have described previously, a mode is a state of the individual that is activated by and normally adapted to the specific situation. Thus, a passive-focused mode is activated while watching a movie in a theater whereas an active focused mode is activated when participating in a sport such as soccer or basketball. When […]

Intrusive Images

It occurred to me several years ago that it was odd that the imaginative apparatus utilized a sensory pathway, namely the vocal pathway for hallucinations but employed a strictly verbal pathway for the experience of delusions. A series of studies were conducted (one in which I participated in as an author) which found that intrusive […]

addition to positive versus negative values

We should distinguish values from aspirations. The values often represent the attitudes and feelings about the self, established by reaching an aspiration: pride, empowerment, understanding, usefulness, worth or the values may apply to more general ideas such as helping other people, gaining people’s respect, or receiving appreciation for what you do. A clue to important […]