Essay on Aaron Beck : The Father Of Cognitive Therapy

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Aaron Beck: The Father of Cognitive Therapy Early life. The father of cognitive therapy, Dr. Aaron Temkin Beck, was born on July 18, 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the youngest of five children. Sadly, his birth followed the death of his sister to an epidemic of influenza. After his sister’s death, Beck’s mother became severely depressed; this depression lifted when Beck was born. This is where Beck claimed his need for control rooted itself. Beck had feelings stupidity and incompetence after a near fatal illness caused from an infection from a broken arm. Nonetheless, he taught himself how to work through his fears and difficulties cognitively; this is what ignited the development of his theory and therapies in later years (Cherry, 2014). Beck attended Brown University, graduating magna cum laude in 1942. At Brown, he majored in English and Political Science, elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society, an associate editor of the Brown Daily Herald, and received the Francis Wayland Scholarship, William Gaston Prize for Excellence in Oratory, and Philo Sherman Bennett Essay Award. He earned his M.D. from Yale University in 1946. Beck and his wife, Phyllis W. Beck, a Superior Court Judge in Philadelphia, have four children and eight grandchildren. His daughter, Judith S. Beck, is also an influential cognitive-behavioral therapist who also served as President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, as she worked closely with her father. As a younger…

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