St. Paul once wrote the following: "we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope." We often don't think in this direction. It's not the way that modern society has taught us to think. Things are supposed to be easy - right? You can even buy a big red button that you press to make things instantly easy. It turns out that St. Paul was right. We can learn from our difficulties because they can help us to have a stronger character. How are you developing your character today?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In a recent Quick Boost poll we asked participants about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We asked about it because there is a tremendous amount of research that shows that it is very effective for treating depression. It has been made popular by a number of helpful books, not the least of these is Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns, a psychiatrist.
The biggest response to our poll was "I don’t know what CBT is". A third of our respondents choose this. This is very sad because this is such an important technique for therapy and for self-study. Countless hours of therapy and personal work might be wasted by depressed people because they don't know about CBT.
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