But, what it is saying is that sometimes our thoughts are irrational, and we'll mention that last time, for example,
I don't do well on one test and immediately I classified myself as stupid or the fact that I will never succeed in tests again.
Or, you know, I asked someone out and he says no, and suddenly nobody wants me.
That event led to an irrational thought, irrational evaluation of the situation.
It was just once, it was temporary, and that led to difficult emotions such as resignation: nobody will ever want me again.
And what cognitive therapy does is just restore that rationality by saying: yeah, it hurts, it's tough,
but, you know they are, what? 3200 other men at Harvard.
Cognitive therapy has been shown to be extremely effective,
more effective than any of the other intervention, the jury still out when it comes to extreme cases of psychopathology,
but in terms of most psychopathologies, most anxiety, most depression, it has been shown to be the most successful,
and it works the fastest. Not the only thing that works, but it works the best and much more promptly than the other interventions.
On the whole, not right for everyone, but for most people.