A Cognitivist Analysis of Depression

Jennifer Radden

in The Nature of Melancholy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151657
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849253 | DOI:
A Cognitivist Analysis of Depression

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This chapter presents Aaron T. Beck's cognitivist theory of depression. Beck is the author of numerous books on depression, cognitive disorder, and cognitive therapy, including Depression: Clinical, Experimental and Theoretical Aspects (1967) and Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders (1976), and of a widely used diagnostic instrument, the Beck Depression Inventory. He is best known for his cognitivist theory of depression and his pioneering cognitivist approach to the treatment of depression. Several aspects of Beck's cognitivist account of depression deserve particular attention. One is its causal emphasis; another is the role played by erroneous reasoning patterns that result in false and distorted beliefs; a third is his broad use of the concept of loss.

Keywords: Aaron T. Beck; depression; cognitive disorder

Chapter.  2977 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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