Cognitive Behavioural Modification can be used with anyone for changing thought processes, which can impact our mood/affect and happiness. Not only is this information relevant for the mental health population, but it is just as important for the general public to manage daily emotions and wellbeing.
Shawn Achor, a psychologist who specializes in positive psychology, makes a case for cognitive behavioural modification. Throughout this talk he highlights the power of positive thinking and how our brain functions more productively. He indicates that when studying general student mental health in Harvard, the school focused only on the negative (prevalence of depression, eating disorders etc) versus focusing on the positive- Achor argues that this is not an effective as a tool as, “the absence of a disease does not mean health”. From research what they have discovered is that the brain functioning in positive performs significantly better than when it is functioning in negative, neutral or stressed. Our brain in positive increases our Intelligence, creativity and energy levels. In addition, our brain at positive is 31% more productive, 37% better at sales and doctors are faster and accurate in making diagnosis than when the human brain is functioning at negative neutral or stressed.
That Achor and his studies have discovered is that we can rewire and train the brain to be more positive and optimistic with only 2 minutes spans in 21 days in row. Techniques for optimism and positive cognitive modification are listed below: