Irrational Change: You Can’t Reason Your Way Out of Something You Didn’t Reason Into


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“You cannot reason people out of something they were not reasoned into.”

Jonathan Swift

One important lesson in psychology is that our minds are often way more irrational than we think they are. This has important implications for how we should approach any type of self improvement or self change.

“Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy” (CBT) is one of the most popular forms of therapy, and it’s shown to be effective for a wide-range of mental conditions and mental disorders. Being able to identify faulty logic, reframe negative beliefs, and learn to better accept your thoughts are all powerful tools for changing yourself.

But there are limitations to CBT, as it’s ultimately a “rational approach” to self change. And our minds aren’t always very rational.

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