Cognitive Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychoanalysis, and Pharmacotherapy

A Cognitive Continuum
  • Aaron T. Beck


To a large degree our scientific interpretations are based on a particular, often tacit, philosophical system. The philosophical system that we use as investigators may differ widely from that we use as clinicians. Thus, the laboratory investigator who studies depression may work within the trappings of a materialistic (or monistic) model while he is in the laboratory. When he takes off his lab coat and replaces it with his sports jacket as he prepares to treat a patient in psychodynamic therapy, he switches to a new philosophical system—either dualism or mentalism.


Behavior Therapy Cognitive Model Cognitive Therapy Automatic Thought Dysfunctional Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron T. Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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