Cognitive activity is the bedrock of cognitive behavioral therapy, but there are many terms used within the field to describe this activity, including beliefs, stream of consciousness, schemas, and even the simple term thoughts, to name but a few examples from the literature. For this Discussion, you consider two important terms used with CBT: irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions.
As you read the Learning Resources this week, keep the following statement in mind and consider both possibilities:
Some researchers suggest that irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions are the same, while others suggest they are different.
For this Discussion, you examine your own personal beliefs about irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 3 an explanation of irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions. Next, compare and contrast what you believe are the differences between irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions, if any. If you believe they are the same, provide justification for your position. Provide an example of each.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Use proper APA format and citations.