Socrates' Link to Depression Relief

Posted: February 15, 2018 13:50
Topics: Socrates, Depression

shutterstock_208339804-cropped.jpgGreek Philosopher, Socrates taught his students to ask questions to find their own solutions rather than handing them the answer. In an article recently published in Behavior Research and Therapy (Braun, Strunk, Sasso, & Cooper, 2015), the authors suggest that the more therapists used Socratic questioning with their patients, the more relief patients felt from their depressive symptoms.  You might ask, “What? The more questions that my therapist asks me, the less depressed I will feel?”  This is exactly what Justin Braun, co-author and doctoral student in psychology at The Ohio State University suggests.  Braun states that Socratic questioning has been a core component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which emphasizes the important role of thinking in how people feel and what they do.


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