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(p. 49) Cognitive Restructuring: Learning About Cognitive Biases and Identifying Automatic Thoughts 

(p. 49) Cognitive Restructuring: Learning About Cognitive Biases and Identifying Automatic Thoughts
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(p. 49) Cognitive Restructuring: Learning About Cognitive Biases and Identifying Automatic Thoughts
Author(s):

Debra A. Hope

, Richard G. Heimberg

, and Cynthia L. Turk

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190247591.003.0005
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date: 12 July 2020

This chapter introduces the idea of information-processing biases using the “amber-colored glasses” metaphor. Although information-processing biases are well established in the research literature, this is a difficult concept to communicate to socially anxious individuals. By describing the amber-colored glasses as a natural outcome of a particular combination of genetics, family environment, and important experiences, the therapist can indicate that the way in which the client processes information makes sense; it just may not be functional. The chapter also covers identification of automatic thoughts (ATs) and finding logical errors (the identification of thinking errors) in ATs. The notion of ATs is used extensively throughout treatment.

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