People often behave, think, and respond emotionally according to patterns dictated by deeply entrenched beliefs, assumptions, perceived obligations, fears, and distortions taken from their religious, cultural, and family teachings and role modeling. All cultures and families create this dynamic, which is not necessarily good or bad, but is still decidedly real. When the resulting behaviors and reactions are problematic, contradictory, or self-destructive, it is often because they are based on “thinking errors.” Cognitive behavioral therapy helps identify “thinking errors” as well as some of the forces that helped produce them. This session will explore some of the “thinking errors” common in Mormon culture.
Glen R. Lambert, Marybeth Raynes