Mental Health and Critical Thinking--linked?

Mental Health and Critical Thinking--linked?

I have found it very interesting the link there is between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and critical thinking. CBT teaches us how to think through cognitive distortions inside our mind, or ways we are thinking that aren't true. Cognitive distortions have some remarkable similarities to logical fallacies, or falsehoods in reasoning and debate, and when you can think critically and reason with your own thoughts, you are also more able to see clearly when reasoning with others.

Because of this, improving mental health through CBT and helping people have better critical thinking, most importantly the rising generation, seem connected. Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff explore this in their bestselling book, The Coddling of the American Mind, where they outline how certain ways of thinking that are being taught on college campuses are untrue and hurting the mental health of students.

Because of this, CBT seems like a "hit two birds with one stone" kind of solution to mental health and critical thinking. I myself feel that the more I practice identifying my own cognitive distortions, the more I am able to reason through other arguments. I'd love to hear if any of you have felt similarly!

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