Employing the “As If” Technique in Behavioral Modification

Experience teaches both cognitive therapists and spiritual fathers that it is easier to change concrete actions or to introduce new ones, than it is to change patterns of thinking. In dealing with addictive behavior—whether it be alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, or sexual addictions—the addict needs to learn not only anti-addictive behaviors, but also entirely new ways of behaving, outside of the confining world of constraints and pressures imposed on the addict by the addiction. Ancient Christian Wisdom describes one aspect of this strategy as the “as if” technique. “The ‘as if’ technique … [Read more...]