Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the concept that our thoughts, perceptions, and emotions all have a strong influence on our behavior. How we think about a specific situation in our life can directly influence how we deal with it. CBT follows the premise that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in determining our behavior, and that over time, we tend to develop specific patterns of thinking and feeling. If these patterns are destructive, unhealthy, or unrealistic, they can have a negative impact on behavior. Research indicates that the way we perceive a situation may have more of an influence on our reaction to it than the situation itself.
Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches us how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on our emotions and behavior. It aims to improve our negative thought patterns and turn them positive. This is achieved by learning and practicing techniques that empower us to change. By educating ourselves on CBT methodology, we learn how to challenge our distorted thoughts and question whether our beliefs are an accurate depiction of reality. CBT provides us with a new way of understanding our problems and skills to deal with them as they occur. The strategies taught in CBT teaches us to focus on improving our thoughts, mood, and overall functioning for longer-term improvements in mental health and happiness.