Comment on "Role of Emotion in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy": Some Quibbles, a Call for Greater Attention to Patient Motivation for Change, and Implications of Adopting a Hierarchical Model of Emotion

Richard E Zinbarg*

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Abstract

In their article, Samoilov and Goldfried (this issue) suggest that cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) may be enhanced by going beyond intellectual meanings and expanding therapeutic focus to implicit, emotional meanings. Though I am in basic agreement with their main thesis, in this commentary I (a) discuss the importance of considering the adaptiveness of a particular experience of emotion before deciding whether the goal of therapy should be to reduce that emotional experience or enhance it, (b) question the authors' use of language when they contrast emotional systems with cognitive systems, (c) discuss the importance of expanding therapeutic focus of CBT therapists to patient motivation to change, and (d) discuss some of the implications of adopting a hierarchical model of emotion for treatment and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-399
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

Keywords

  • Cognition
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy
  • Emotion
  • Motivation
  • Therapeutic alliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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