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A Cognitive Explanation for Anger and Hostility

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses insights from his conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Beck talks about anger and hostility, and provides a hypothesis for why people overreact with anger in certain situations. He describes anger as an exaggerated response to automatic thoughts about being threatened or devalued,which are rooted in deeply held exaggerated beliefs.

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A Conversation with the Dalai Lama

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses insights from his conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Aaron Beck draws connections between Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism, and points to egoism as one major concern addressed by both Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism. Dr. Beck describes egoism as largely involving a focus on personal health, safety, or self-esteem, and an over-absorption in self-focus. Dr. Beck highlights a specific case in which a client became overly absorbed in a specific goal and had to disengage from the goal to alleviate distress.