Is Mindset on the Wane?

Trivium 21c

Scanning of a human brain by X-rays

Mindset seemsallied to the idea of cognitive behavioural therapy. The NHS classes CBTas: “…a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.” If we accept that mindset theory is born from this notion, that by changing the way you think and behave you can manage your potential and over come problems, then a comment piecein last Friday’s Guardian might give us a moment for pause:

Why CBT is Falling Out of Favour

In this article Oliver Burkeman refers to a paper citing findings that show CBT is roughly half as effective as it used to be. The reasons that this might be aren’t known but some educated guesses are: due to its popularity the number of inexperienced and/or incompetent therapists is on the increase. Another is ‘the placebo effect’, Burkeman puts it like this: “…if I believe that CBT, or any…

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