Behavior VS Cognitive Behavior

Similarities & Differences

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Similar and different ways to treat patient's with:

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy is: A form of psychotherapy that uses basic learning techniques to treat mental illness.

Goals: is focused on helping an individual understand how changing their behavior can lead to changes in how they are feeling. The goal of behavior therapy is usually focused on increasing the person’s engagement in positive or socially reinforcing activities. Behavior therapy is a structured approach that carefully measures what the person is doing and then seeks to increase chances for positive experience.

Steps to take:

  • Self-Monitoring
  • Schedule of Weekly Activities
  • Role Playing
  • Behavior Modification

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Therapy is: A form of psychotherapy using imagery, self-instruction, and related techniques to alter distorted attitudes and perceptions.

Goals: The major goal of cognitive therapy is to teach you a method for testing the accuracy of your thoughts so that you are able to "lighten your load of unnecessary emotional baggage" and use the extra energy to pursue more productive courses in life.

Steps to take:

  • The first step is to recognize your own AUTOMATIC THOUGHTS whenever you feel anxious.
  • The second step is to learn how to challenge automatic thoughts with mason and fact about how the world really is.
  • Once you have learnt to identify your automatic thoughts and the thinking errors they contain, the third step to practice is substituting RATIONAL RESPONSES for the automatic thoughts.

Therapies used Together or Separately:

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a method that combines particularities of both cognitive and behavioral therapies taken separately. It aims to use a perfect combination of those two to achieve the goals concerning the patient’s treatment. It might be treating behavioral disorders, negative cognition's or dysfunctional emotions.

CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is very effective in treating some conditions and disorders like those related to mood, eating, substance abuse, sex, anxiety, personality and tic. By involving treatments directly for some diagnosed symptoms, CBT has proved more efficacy than other approaches such as psychodynamic treatments. Therefore, many programs that have been approved and continued to be used in such treatments were based on cognitive behavioral therapy.


I would use Cognitive Behavior Therapy because it has to deal with the brain. It would most likely be put in the family of a disorder, mood or personality.