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Recovery tools

*Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
the techniques of Dr. Aaron Beck, http://www.beckinstitute.org/index.html

*When Panic Attacks
Dr. David Burns,

*rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy.

Also what is GREAT are the principles of *Skeptical Thinking.

*This book can change your entire way of Thinking. Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World.

This is a good initial resource for dealing with trauma. Of course, seek good professional help, but there is a lot people can do to help themselves.

You can download the entire free ebook Psychological Self Help from here. It really is an excellent piece of work.



*info on narcissism was found at www.drirene.com, a verbal abuse website with some good basic info on the home page.

The Guru Papers, Kramer and Alstad
Spiritual Vampires, Marty Raphael
Prophetic Charisma, Oakes
Turn Off Your Mind, Gary Lachman
Outrageous Betrayal, Pressman
Buddhism Without Belief, Batchelor
Many excerpts on Amazon, and many excerpts of psych textbooks provided by Corboy, one in particular by Robert Lifton on alternative medical practitioners and boundaries

*Organizations - www. csj.org cult information service has articles and books that can be ordered

Re: Recovery tools

Wow, Tree! Thanks!

Re: Recovery tools

I just found this excellent summary of CBT. Its about 40 pages, and gives a list of Cognitive Distortions, and even has a Dyfunctional Thought Record in the article.
For anyone who is interested, its well worth the read for an overview.

Developed by Aaron Beck from his observations about the impact of patients’ belief systems
on their psychological functioning, cognitive therapy examines the effect of maladaptive
thinking on psychological disorders while at the same time acknowledging the
importance of affect and behavior on psychological functioning. As cognitive therapy
has developed,** it has continued to draw on psychological research into individuals’ belief
systems and the study of how people process information from their environment.**
An important aspect of cognitive therapy is the automatic thoughts—that individuals
may not be aware of but that make up their belief systems—called cognitive schemas.
In his work with patients, Beck identified cognitive distortions that affect individuals’
feelings, thoughts, and beliefs, such as all-or-nothing thinking, overgeneralization,
and catastrophizing. To change these beliefs, a thorough assessment is given by attention
to distortions inherent in certain thoughts. To further the process of assessment in
therapy, Beck and his colleagues have developed a number of instruments for different
psychological disorders that assess relevant cognitions and behaviors.
In their therapeutic approach, cognitive therapists collaborate with their clients to
assess and change behaviors. Often in the therapeutic process, the therapist may take
an instructional role, using techniques such as guided discovery and Socratic dialogue
to identify maladaptive beliefs and help clients develop insights into their beliefs.
Within the session, therapists often go over homework, examine current beliefs, and
develop alternatives. As well as using behavioral and affective approaches, cognitive
therapists make use of techniques such as decatastrophizing, labeling distortions, and
cognitive rehearsal.
More than other theories, cognitive therapy has identified particular distorted beliefs
that are typical of each of several psychological disorders. Of all the disorders, depression
has received the most attention, as it was the focus of Beck’s early therapy and
research. Just as there has been much emphasis on specific approaches to each psychological
disorder, researchers have studied the effectiveness of a variety of cognitive approaches
to many common psychological disorders, often comparing cognitive treatments
to behavioral and pharmacological approaches.