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