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Topic: Seeking ideas for crafty representation of Beck's Cognitive model  (Read 971 times)
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« on: April 17, 2008 07:33:44 AM »

As you OWS-ers know, I'm looking for some inspiration!

I want to make wall art or a small sculpture (made out of any material, but small enough that it could go on my desk at work) based on Aaron Becks Cognitive Model of Depression. Essentially, the Cognitive Model states that we experience an event, we interpret the event, and then we emotionally react to the event. When we are depressed, we interpret the event negatively and thus feel bad and react negatively.

For example, imagine you see TwiztidBlood across the road, and you wave hello. TwiztidBlood doesnt wave back. Normally, you may interpret this event as Hmm TwiztidBlood didnt see me. Man, she needs to pay attention. However, if you are depressed, you sort of have poop-colored glasses on, and you may interpret the event as TwiztidBlood ignored me! She must not like me. She probably hated the swap package I sent her. Because of this interpretation, your feelings would be hurt and you would be even more sad.

I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which relies on the cognitive model to help treat depression and anxiety. I usually draw the model like this:

Event ---------->     Interpretation---------->     Emotional Reaction

However, it would be SOOOOOO cool to say, For example, look at the picture on the wall of. It would give my clients a visual representation of the model to help them remember it.


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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 01:14:24 PM »

Okay, my initial interpretation of this was a little abstract, and might not necessarily work for a model, but I could so see the "ball in motion" type image moving towards the wavy screen (like when the Predator goes invisible...or heat waves, if your DH isn't as obsessed with strangeness as mine is) and then coming out on the other side as either a brilliant, colorful explosion, or else a crappy little dull stream.  A physical model, for me, would be said ball (or object, or "stimulus") between two mirrors (actually four, I'd glue two back to back for each side), and on one side have the beautiful, brilliant explosion, and on the other, the crappy little dull poot.  I have occasionally suffered from symptoms of depression, and manic depression (though it's not either...it's, well, complicated, but still...) and in retrospect, after thinking about it, that model sums up my mood swings.  Making something physical is a great idea, though, for your patients' understanding!

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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2008 08:50:44 PM »

So are you looking for artwork/sculpture to explain the entire model ( event/interpretation/reaction) or just various events that the patient could then respond to in various ways to talk about different reactions?

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