Behavior and Cognitive Behavior

Similarities and Differences OF BT AND CBT

Behavior Therapy (BT)

Behavior therapy utilizes techniques to try to change both abnormal behavior and normal behavior. The techniques that are used to do this are classical conditioning (learning through association), desensitizing (repeated exposure), and operant conditioning (reward and punish), in teaching new behaviors.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, utilizes techniques such as The ABC's (Affect, Behavior, Cognition) or same as affect, feelings and thoughts to change the abnormal thought process to normal thoughts thus changing abnormal emotions and behaviors to normal.

The similarities in Behavior and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Both behavior and cognitive behavior helps to transform abnormal behaviors to normal.

Both evolved from the Psychoanalysis theory.

Both have been tested and researched for years and proven to work.

The Differences in Behavior and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy focuses on conditioning to learn new behaviors.

Cognitive Behavior therapy looks to alter abnormal thought process thus creating normal behavior.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic therapies ? Psychoanalysis is a longer process of therapy for more complex psychological problems that need more time to correct. Psychodynamic therapy is a shorter process gaining optimal process, thus be less costly to the client.

Which therapy would be good for a procrastinating client?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy works well with a procrastinator as in the beginning of therapy the client has agreed to instituting the changes, and faster results showing the client therapy is working. Do not mistake patience with procrastination when treating a client in therapy.


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