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Simone Hoermann, Ph.D. Updated: May 24th 2010

Following up on last week’s entry on Psychology going digital in the form of iPhone apps, as promised, I downloaded several Psychology and Psychotherapy related apps and tried them out. The first batch of apps I looked at were apps for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and their promising names were iCBT, eCBTmood, and CBTReferee. 

To give you some background, the idea in CBT is that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors mutually influence each other.  In other words, what I think (or, simply put, the things I say to myself throughout the day) will influence how I feel, and how I feel will influence what I think.  Hence, our interpretation of events in our lives influences our emotional reaction to the events. We all have automatic ways of thinking to ourselves that sometimes are a little biased, or, let’s say, “distorted.” For instance, if I walk down the street and trip, and stranger smiles, I could interpret this as “She is making fun of me and things I am stupid.” Alternatively, I could interpret it as “She smiling at me sympathetically” or “She is having a good day and his smile has nothing to do with me.”  Depending on people’s interpretation, their reactions to the exact same event can be quite different.

Read in Full: http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=37186&cn=8



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