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    Case Study: Glasser's Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

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    10 pages in length. Cognitive behavioral therapy, as put forth by William Glasser, illustrates how powerful one's thought process truly is with regard to one's overall mental and physical health. Mary, a 43-year-old black mother of four children who has an overwhelming amount of problems and a wholly inadequate ability to deal with them, seeks out the help of cognitive-behavioral therapy on the advice of her family physician. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

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    health. Mary, a 43-year-old black mother of four children who has an overwhelming amount of problems and a wholly inadequate ability to deal with them, seeks out the help  of cognitive-behavioral therapy on the advice of her family physician. "Cognitive behavior therapy is effective with a wide range of problems, including very complex and challenging life situations.  But in its cognitive aspects, it is based on an astonishingly simple principle: The way we react emotionally and behaviorally to events is not just a reflection of the events  themselves. It also depends on what we think - or simply take for granted - that the events mean" (Bush, 2002). II. PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH  Psychology as a discipline has come to be an essential element in the overall aspect of human life. Without the influential element provided by those like  Glasser, myriad individuals like Mary would not be able to properly function within their world. The practice of psychology has proven to be more than merely a treatment for  the affluent or the crazy; rather, it has been embraced by mainstream society as a means by which people are able to work out various psychological situations. No longer  is such treatment considered taboo in a world where mental imbalance is quite prevalent. "Unlike physical things, mental life contains no independent elements but different moments mutually implicating each  other in the whole" (Wertz, 1998, p. 42). Cognitive-behavioral therapy - "focusing on current problems and anticipating future problems" (MacNeil, 2005, p. 23) - is a prime example of  such mainstream approaches, illustrating how powerful ones thought process truly is with regard to ones overall mental and physical health. However, cognitive therapy - espousing the mantra of "out 

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