Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Include Insight?

Insight is an important part of cognitive behavior therapy, but it is not the end goal. For most patients, understanding their emotions and reactions is not enough to improve their psychological functioning. Therapy should also help patients solve their problems, by helping them change their thought patterns and behavior. Patients should be given the help and tools to create a lasting change in their functioning. Much like the old saying about giving a man a fish or teaching him to fish, insight on its own is not as helpful for most people, as providing them with a way to bring their new understanding of themselves into the present.

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