A Conversation with Aaron T. Beck

In this interview, Aaron T. Beck talks about his life and career, and how he went from having no interest in psychiatry to creating cognitive behaviour therapy. This method, initially developed for patients with depression and anxiety, challenges the subject to question his own negative beliefs, which act as prisms and cause distortions in the way events are perceived. Later, research showed that cognitive behaviour therapy was also effective in the treatment of schizophrenia. In the future, Aaron T. Beck says, psychotherapy must be firmly rooted in scientific evidence.