Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Extended to Belief Background Therapy in Relation to Pakistani Cultural Antecedents

Mona Aeysha Khalid


It is an analytical review paper that conforms many strategies of CBT in various mental disorders: depression, anxiety, insomnia, phobia, BPD and anger management procedures. It is hypothesized that certain stresses are the product of certain cultures that need to be replaced by positive thoughts by utilizing a belief background therapy (a new therapy hypothesized and verified in this paper). It is also assumed that we perceive our environment, culture and experiences, in a particular moment that would keep on changing with new scenarios and settings in our belief backgrounds. Therefore, to change our behaviour (emotional and physical); we need to change our thoughts, beliefs and conduct - that would ultimately lead to changes in our belief backgrounds. Specifically, in the cases of stress, depression, and anxiety; belief background therapy needs to be addressed seriously and persistently. In the paper, we are, by choice, leaving healthy and helpful beliefs aside to avoid distractions and to keep the focus on the subject. The information collected through surveys, interviews and observations, of Pakistani females of average age- 40 years, suffering from some mental disorders- depression, anxiety, insomnia, phobia and stress. Mostly, females were dissatisfied through traditional methodologies of CBT and have left it in-between without feeling any progress at all.

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2015.v4n3p19

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