What do you see when you look at this image?
Do you see a carved black goblet?
Or do you see two white faces, almost
touching at their noses?
What’s The First Thing You See?
Usually you will see one image first,
and once it is pointed out to you that there
is another way to look at it, it is easy to see
the second image.
Now You Will Always See Both!
And once you have seen both, if you are
ever presented with this image again, you
will still have a preference for seeing one
image but will then be able to see the second
one fairly quickly, having learned there is
another way to view the picture.
Welcome to Cognitive Therapy!
I’ve just given you a way to understand why
cognitive therapy can be so powerful and
helpful to people who are interested in
changing their lives.
We all have ways that we view ourselves,
people, our past, and even the way the world
works based on the ways we were raised, the
experiences we had growing up, various
trials and traumas we may have experienced.
It Is Hard to Shift Our First View
You may know from your own experience
how hard it can be to change how you view
even one aspect of those things once your
perspective seems to have “set.”
You may see yourself as shy, damaged,
irresponsible, out of control, easily
influenced, highly addicted to things,
or with low self-esteem coming out of
your childhood or early adult life.
Cognitive Therapy Is A Second Look
Working with a therapist who utilizes
cognitive and cognitive-behavioral therapy
techniques as part of their practice allows
you to begin to change the ways you see
yourself, your past, others, and the world
in the same way that where once all you
saw was a black goblet, now you can see the
white faces or vice-versa.
It creates the ability to notice something new.
What Cognitive Therapy Can Do for You
Cognitive therapy opens your mind,
gives you options and perspectives to
consider and use for making decisions that
you may never have had access to before.
Cognitive therapy can let you see things
about yourself you never thought could
Cognitive therapy can allow you to consider
reasons for others’ behavior that you may
never have been able to consider with a
Cognitive therapy can allow you to break
free from negative or destructive habit
patterns that are based on seeing things
from only one perspective.
Cognitive Therapy’s Effectiveness
Although wise therapists utilize many
different tools for helping their clients,
cognitive and cognitive behavioral therapy
has been well-researched and proven to
be highly effective for a wide range of
issues and is considered one of the
“evidence-based” practices that all
therapists should be familiar with.
For more information about CBT,
take a look at the following resources: