Family Of Recently Deceased Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Pioneer ‘Coping Really Well’


THE family of US psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck who died yesterday at the ripe old age of 100 are said to be coping well with his passing and not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, WWN has learned.

Considered the cog-father of behavioural therapy, Beck revolutionised treatments into anxiety and depression in the 1960s with cognitive thinking, transforming the way mental health was treated and improving the lives of countless people worldwide.

Sources close to the family confirm they have declined the ‘classic Irish’ approach to this major emotional event and will not be using alcohol and silence as a coping mechanism.

“We’re actually coping with his death really well, considering,” a family source told WWN, obviously using the 100-year-old’s many coping mechanisms he had developed over the years, “don’t get us wrong, we’re obviously really sad he’s passed, but he lived life to the full and contributed greatly to the betterment of humankind, which does give his death a more celebratory feel, which we’re dealing with in its current present form”.

In Ireland, the HSE used the occasion of his passing to remind everyone they don’t have functioning mental health services and advised everyone to ‘go for a jog or something’

“I hate him, before CBT I was a misanthropic negative asshole who couldn’t stand being in the company of others. Now I’m living a fulfulling life – he has a lot to answer for,” confirmed one person who uses CBT techniques daily.

The cognitive model, which allows individuals to move toward overcoming emotional difficulties by identifying and rewiring unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behavior, and distressing emotional responses, will be Beck’s lasting legacy, with his daughter Judith founding the not for profit Beck Institute in 1994, which has since trained more than 25,000 mental health professionals in 130 countries in cognitive behavioral therapy and can be donated to HERE.