“What Actually Is a Belief? And Why Is It So Hard to Change?” AND More on Best 5 Friday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin!

1) What Actually Is a Belief? And Why Is It So Hard to Change?

“For some of our most important beliefs, we have no evidence at all, except that people we love and trust hold these beliefs. Considering how little we know, the confidence we have in our beliefs is preposterous—and it is also essential.”

—2002 Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman

2) Mental Health Parity & Reality

Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer and being told that treatment services were not covered. Or maybe that half of the necessary chemotherapy sessions would be covered. The rest must be paid out of pocket. Or maybe that treatment is covered on paper but when you go to the list of in-service providers, you find that of the individuals registered in-network, none are taking new patients. This is what happens every day in the world of mental health care. This is not mental health parity, but it is our reality.

3) 5 Reasons Why Families Should Be Included in Child Therapy

Mental illness involves the whole family. So must therapeutic services.

4) Emerging Models of Personality Disorders Aimed to Improve Treatment

It is an exciting time for clinicians hoping to better understand and more effectively manage patients with personality disorders. The field is in the midst of a major paradigm shift, moving from a categorical perspective focusing on discrete personality disorders defined on the basis of characteristic traits and symptoms toward a dimensional approach focusing on severity of personality pathology as it is expressed in impairments in central aspects of personality functioning.

5) Psychotherapy is not harmless: on the side effects of CBT

The structured nature of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and its clearly defined principles (based on the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours) make it relatively easy to train practitioners, ensure standardised delivery and measure outcomes. Consequently, CBT has revolutionised me…

Thank you and see you tomorrow for weekend quotes 🙂

Best Regards,

Vikram


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