During the 1970s, I used 'cognitive behaviour' in most of my work in helping people to modify their behavior of thinking, feeling and doing. The principles of that work remain as relevant today as they always did. In short, all behaviour is made up of three components; thinking, feeling and doing. In order to change any form of overall behaviour, select any one of the three components, change it and the other two components will correspondingly change. Thus one can change an act by changing the perception or the emotional consequences of it, or one can change an emotion by changing how one thinks about it or what one does about it, or one can change a thought by invoking a strong feeling or action.That is the way of all behaviourists.
Another approach is the way of using psychology to positive effect. A guaranteed way of distracting attention away from a specific pain is to put your mind on a more acceptable pain. I found out in 1972 that the best way to rid oneself from a neurotic condition was to replace that condition with a more acceptable form of neurosis. We see this mental process working best when we look at addiction to 'this' being replaced by addiction to 'that' instead. In short; physical exercises or change in diet might lead to the pain going but, my way will make you believe that it is no longer present. Take your pick: real pain or phony cure?"
William Forde: August 7th, 2012.