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That Darn Cognitive Triangle; Again

Cognition, The Cognitive Method, and same related, are the modern method, and the go to for techniques, and treatment when we are talking about the Mental Health field. I have been run through the ringer of behavioral cognitive therapy, with my own real life experiences, mostly I admit, as a patient, and now, I have recently thrown my hat into the ring, as a writer about it as well.

One of the more simple tools, and one I am a believer in, is a Cognitive Triangle.

There are many similar tools, charts, and graphs, sometimes different shapes, and the one below is one that I revert back to often.

So, where do we start? I start, at what would seem at the most common point, the top. On top we have the category of Thoughts, and it does in turn represent the beginning.

As we read the caption, it states What we think affects how we feel and act. So, it looks like we started at the right top. I think many professionals would agree too. When I am looking back at my own mental health, I do agree that, for the most part, almost all parts of me Mental, do start on the side of thoughts. Almost, literally everything in us people, always will begin as a thought in our brain. I do also think that perhaps not always consciously either.

There’s plenty of evidence to show that it may even be a lot more being done subconsciously then we realize. Of course, if that is the case, then it makes even more sense, plus, that is why they call is subconscious. Because we are not aware of it. I think subconscious have a lot of physical effects as well, especially when it comes to sight, and smell. What we are seeing and smelling, are always being part of, and engaging us in feelings that would only happen, because of those certain sights or smells. Of course, to a lesser degree, probably sounds too and other things.

So, it’s an accurate caption saying that what is going on side our heads as affecting feelings and actions.

So, when we get to the second part, that of emotions, it says, and accurately that how we feel affects what we think and do. That has a wide spectrum to work with, when coming to a definition.

People, act out, because of so many emotions. People may commit murder if they walk in on their spouse having sex with another person. They may cry when they see a loved one in their casket, at a funeral viewing. They may cry at a sad, or a romantic movie, and of course they will laugh when they see something funny. Even at a silent movie with a comedian like Charlie Chaplin.

That spectrum for that particular category of emotions, is quite wide, and, so many emotions, can affect so many different kinds of thoughts, and actions, that the number could be almost infinity.

So we go on to Behavior. What we do affects how we think and feel. Those feelings; they are the end result of what we’ve actually done and thunk. Emotions, Feelings, Behaviors, Thoughts.

This cycle on Our Cognitive Triangle, is a good explanation. It is simple to look at, easy to read, and I feel easy enough to understand.

When I am thinking back to many moments of my life, I realize that most things followed a similar cycle. I think someone is an ass. So, it makes me feel like I want to be a wise guy, so I behave in a certain way, like embarrassing him with some disparaging comments on facebook. It then can make me think a certain way. I may feel guilty, because I think it was a stupid, immature things to do. Or I may feel satisfied. Either way, the cycle is similar.

It makes sense. And it continues on, and on, as it meshes and unfolds into new events.

Cognitive Therapy; always an interesting topic to me, as it is also always a pleasure to write about it too. The subject has such depth, when it comes to its content, that I could probably write about it for a long time, and never write the same stuff twice. Happy thinking.



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Author, Publisher, and Editor. I cover mindfulness, mental health, addiction, sobriety, life, and spirituality among other things.