Cognitive Behavior Management Theory Concepts

While the underlying theory of cognitive behavioral management is related to social learning theory, there are many theoretical constructs which concern us in delineating a full understanding of how it is used. While it is relatively easy to suggest that thought controls behavior, meaning of course, that if you believe that you are superman, you will try to fly, this simple construct is not easy. It requires much more, because in many senses it is self reflective. Not only do we need to help people with problems in living learn to attend to their internal dialogue as a means to making choices about change, but we must understand that as theorists and clinicians, we must also attend and make choices. The simple becomes difficult when we attempt to break through our own belief systems and deal with the dichotomies of our own internal realities and those of a broader world perspective. In order to help you examine these issues we include short papers on a a variety of subjects.

Theory Content

33 Anomoly

Perception differs qualitatively from the physical properties of the stimulus. The nervous system extracts only certain information from the natural world. We perceive fluctuations of air pressure not as pressure waves but as sounds that we hear. We perceive...

32 Cognitive Synopsis

Note that the client decides what is distressing and what needs to be changed. Cognitive change is ALWAYS self-change. The helper becomes a person who enables the client to address these issues and helps them maintain an objective balance, but the client must decide.

31 Double Binds

DOUBLE BINDS and OTHER MALADJUSTMENTS The classical approach is to view the person with severe and persistent problems in living in isolation from his/her environment. It is assumed that s/he is out of touch with ‘reality’. Those who adhere to this perspective suggest...

30 Beyond Behaviorism

Generation I - Applied Behavior Analysis Classical Operant Transition: Stimulus → response Stimulus → thought → response Thought → emotion → behavior Generation II - Cognitive Process Correction Change Variable - Self-Talk • Awareness of Self Talk • Attention to Self...

29 Theory of Cause

THEORY OF CAUSE: why do people behave atypically. This is the fundamental assumption that creates the direction of how we identify problems and look for solutions. Obviously, if we believe that all people who behave atypically have a biological, genetic or disease...

28 Axioms

Attentiveness to our deeds, but above all to our thoughts and our words, which precedes deeds. There cannot be right thinking and action without right speech. Buddhist’s duty of awareness: The precondition for this most important of practices is constant research into...

27 Theoretical Concepts

Almost everything we do involves either interacting with other persons or inhibiting interactions with other persons. If we fail to follow the often unspoken rules about these interactions, the consequences will be clear: others will judge us to be social incompetent...

26 Perspective

A Brief History of Psychological Disorders: We presumably study history to learn from our past mistakes. For as long as there have been people living in groups, there also have been some individuals who behaved in disturbing and atypical ways. As such, people have...

25 Pure Speculation

At long last science has figured out that the brain is not generally hardwired and unlike a computer, it rewires itself constantly. What you think matters for thinking (cognition) is the mechanism for programming and language and imagery are the primary, although...

24 Rambling Thoughts

Ramble, I am told by Ayoto comes from ‘ram’ and etymologically denotes ‘wander around like a randy ram, looking for ewes to copulate with’ – I have to stop looking up words. This article rambles, in much less provocative ways looking at the development and alteration of and individual’s inner logic.

Disclaimer

Unless specifically noted all materials are written by Jerome R. Gardner. As you will see by the size of the library contents, the materials are substantial. Since most of the writing was developed as think papers and not for publication, there will inevitably be some areas without proper citation. If you come across any, please notify the site manager and it will be rectified. Other than that, readers may use all materials. While I would prefer recognition, it is not necessary.