Cognitive-Affective-Behavioral Therapy (CABT): A Theoretical Analysis

Authors : Aliyah Arif Durrani; Myron Doc Downing

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 12 - December

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The present paper is an overview of a theoretical orientation that analyzes the influence of affect, cognition, and behavior in human social interactions. Early researchers have extensively studied different parts of the tripartite paradigm—popular theories such as behaviorism, developed by B.F. Skinner focused on studying behavioral aspects using principles of conditioning, whereas the psychodynamic approach pioneered by Freud emphasized understanding unconscious mental processes. More recently, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been considered for treating diverse mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, and personality disorders. The therapy is based on identifying and manifesting alternative ways of challenging dysfunctional cognitions and their underlying influence on affective and behavioral functioning. In the review of past literature, the study of the affect within such a paradigm has received little recognition. Thus, this paper aims to outline the role of affect in social cognition and behavior as our perceptual experiences influence our affective states, which thereby help shape behavioral tendencies for dysfunctional and optimal human functioning. In other words, the CABT perspective advocates a therapeutic methodology that incorporates all components of the tripartite paradigm as forms of effective change in order to achieve personal and global peace. Past relevant research studies were used to illustrate a comprehensive understanding of the topic. Further recommendations for future research work were also included.

Keywords : Affect, Cognition, Behavior, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Affective Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Peace, Positive Mental Health.


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