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23 Jun 2009

What is the difference between Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Humanistic Psychotherapy?

Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We are compelled to make sense of the world in which we live: compelled to order, classify and structure it in order to create meanings that will allow us to both interpret and predict our experiences. The world does not come with ready-made or fixed meanings, however. We create our own meanings via our experience of the world and our relationship with our environment.

As a small baby this is primarily a sensory experience.

I feel hungry/cold/tired, I cry, I am fed/cuddled/soothed to sleep.

And so we learn that our environment is safe, holding and reliable. As we move from small babyhood we start to use our cognition to make meanings.

I fall over, I hurt, grown-ups soothe me: I am important to them. I am loud and happy, grown-ups laugh with me: I am a loveable person.

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