Q: What is the difference between your therapeutic approach and that of behaviorists who emphasize personality change by focusing on changing actions?
A: Unlike Skinner, Watson, and other behaviorists who emphasize behavioral elements that bring about desired change, the Lifetrack approach developed by Dr. Yukio Ishizuka puts equal weight on cognition, emotion, and action.
Individuals, when rating themselves on the Lifetrack scale, are encouraged to consciously improve how they think, feel, and act about critical areas in their lives that contribute to psychological health, often overcoming their emotional resistance.
In Lifetrack, change occurs through changes in an individual’s thoughts, feelings and actions. Focusing on cognition, affect or behavior alone can lead psychologists to grossly mis-interpret and reduce human beings to only one aspect. When this is done to the extreme, supposed ‘remedies’ may often do more harm than good.
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Behaviorists, Skinner, Watson
Dr. Yukio Ishizuka, a Japanese psychiatrist discusses behaviorists, Skinner and Watson and how lifetrack therapy puts equal weight on cognition, emotion and action.