007: M = Methods (Part 1) — You FEEL the Way You THINK

In this Podcast, Dr. Burns describes the three basic principles of what has been called “cognitive therapy:”

  1. Negative feelings, like depression, anxiety, and anger, do not result from what happens to us, but rather from our thoughts about what’s happening. In fact, our thoughts, or “cognitions,” create all of our emotions, positive and negative.
  2. When you’re depressed or anxious, the negative thoughts that trigger your distress, like “I’m no good,” or “Things will never change,” are distorted or illogical. In fact, depression is the world’s oldest con.
  3. When you change the way you THINK, you can change the way you feel.

Dr. Burns describes a challenge he received in a thoughtful letter from a fan shortly after his book, Feeling Good, was published. The young man argued that when something horrible happens, the event itself can upset you, and asked, “Let’s say you’re trapped on a railroad track a a train is coming. Isn’t it true that you’d feel terrified, and the event would cause your terror, even without having time to put a negative thought in your head?” 

Shortly after reading the letter, Dr. Burns stumbled across an elderly man about to be hit by a train. You may be surprised to find out what happened!

Dr. Burns also describes the powerful and painful impact of his own negative thoughts when he was a young psychiatric in training and he received a stinging criticism from his supervisor, Dr. Aaron Beck.

006: Ask David — Identity Crisis; Finding a CBT Therapist; Love Me the Way I Am

In this first “Ask David” Podcast, Dr. Burns responds to three questions submitted by listeners or visitors to his website, www.feelinggood.com:

  1. What causes an “identity crisis?” And how do you treat it? You will discover that the answer takes you in an unexpected direction!
  2. Why is it so hard to find a therapist trained in cognitive therapy, as well as the newer T.E.A.M. techniques? When I go to therapists who claim to be cognitive, it always just amounts to schmoozing behind closed doors. They don’t use any of the techniques in your book, Feeling Good. I’m frustrated!
  3. In a relationship, should you change yourself in order to get along with someone, or should you wait for someone who will love you as you are?

Dr. Burns will be answering more of your questions in upcoming podcasts, including: How can I help a friend or family member who is struggling with depression or anxiety?

005: A = Agenda Setting (Part 2) — How to Overcome Therapeutic Resistance: “Dr. Burns, I think I need help with my low self-esteem!”

In the last podcast, Dr. Burns described the eight most common forms of therapeutic resistance. In this episode, he describes his first session with an enraged, anxious, and severely depressed computer programmer from India who is convinced his co-workers are conspiring against him. You may be surprised to see what happens when Dr. Burns suddenly abandons the role of healer and instead assumes the role of the patient’s angry, paranoid and defiant resistance.

004: A = Agenda Setting (Part 1) —The Eight Most Common Forms of Therapeutic Resistance

004: A = Agenda Setting (Part 1) —The Eight Most Common Forms of Therapeutic Resistance

In this Podcast, Fabrice and David answer the question: What is therapeutic resistance? You will find out that therapeutic resistance is NOT what you were taught in graduate school or read about in the writings of Sigmund Freud! You will also discover why overcoming therapeutic resistance can be the key to high-speed, dramatic recovery for many depressed and anxious individuals.

Dr. Burns illustrates his new T.E.A.M. Therapy approaches with a dramatic vignette involving a violent, depressed and suicidal drug addict who challenges and attacks Dr. Burns repeatedly during a group therapy session at a hospital in Philadelphia.