My understanding of “cognitive restructuring” in this context is:
The process of changing or modifying one’s thoughts, beliefs and assumptions in a constructive way. Cognitive restructuring helps correct distorted or unhelpful thinking patterns that may be contributing to issues like mood disorders, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, etc.
Within this framework, cognitive restructuring is seen as:
• An ongoing and active process – It’s not a one-time fix, but requires continual monitoring and adjustment of thoughts over time.
• Data-driven – It involves modifying expectations, predictions and beliefs based on new information, experiences and evidence that challenges current assumptions.
• Self-awareness and mindfulness play an important role – Noticing thought patterns, catching distortions and biases, and observing thoughts objectively are keys to cognitive restructuring.
• Facilitated by both inner work and external interventions – Changes in physiological states, activities and environment can complement inner reflection and insight.
• An emergent property of complex interactions within and between cognitive systems – Cognitive restructuring arises from dynamics within the brain, body and environment as a whole.