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 Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral-based talking therapy that was initially developed for treating chronic suicidality and borderline personality disorder (BPD) (Linehan et al., 1991). Essentially, it targets disorders associated with an inability to manage emotions and regulate feelings. Similar to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which aims to reformulate dysfunctional thought patterns in the patient, DBT undertakes this process but integrates an aspect of self-acceptance that improves the regulation of distressing emotions. The word ‘dialectical’ is representative of DBT’s primary tenets. It corresponds to the concept that an individual possesses two distinct beliefs or thoughts that can appear to conflict with each other but are simultaneously valid. These are:

  • Accepting yourself and your emotions (Acceptance)

  • Changing your behavior to better yourself (Change)

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