Introduction and Method

  • Russell T. Hurlburt
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


What is it like to be depressed? Is the main characteristic of being depressed a sad mood, or does the thinking of depressed individuals have particular characteristics also? If depressed thinking has certain characteristics, are they characteristics of the content of thought or of its process—is it what we think about or how we think it? When depression lifts, is this just a change in mood or does thinking change also, and if so, does it change in content or in process? Do bulimics, who are often also depressed, simply use binge eating as a particular way of expressing depression, or is the inner process in bulimia decidedly different from that of depression? Do anxious individuals process thinking similarly to depressed people, so that the main difference between anxiety and depression is a mood difference? Do individuals diagnosed as borderline personality, who have rapidly changing episodes of severe depression as well as other mood fluctuations, share the same kind of cognitive processing as depressed individuals?


Binge Eating Depressed Individual Borderline Personality Disorder Breakfast Cereal Schizophrenic Subject 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell T. Hurlburt
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  1. 1.University of Nevada, Las VegasLas VegasUSA

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