Show us a behaviour without a cognition and we'll show you a rock rolling down a hill

Timothy A. Carey, Warren Mansell

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    Dismantling studies are used in psychotherapy in order to understandthe important components of treatment. Typically, this has occurred so that peoplecould understand the unique contributions provided by cognitive versus behaviouraltechniques. Recently, mindfulness-based approaches have apparently added a thirddimension to the dismantling enterprise. Dismantling is seen as an important wayof understanding the change process in psychotherapy and, therefore, clarifying howwe might most effectively promote change. The way in which an entity is dismantled,however, exposes assumptions about the nature of the entity and its organization. In thispaper we argue that dismantling studies in psychotherapy have perhaps generated moreconfusion than consensus and have provided little practical benefit for clinicians. Wesuggest that the phenomenon of controlmight provide a unifying perspective fromwhichto approach the integration of behavioural, cognitive, and mindfulness approaches. Inone sense all these seemingly different approaches are doing the same thing and it isthis ???thing??? we highlight in this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)123-133
    JournalThe Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • Cognition, cognitive behaviour therapy, control, mindfulness.


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