chapter  4
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Assessing and Changing Underlying Assumptions

Behavioral experiments are the most important strategies for promoting change in CBT (Bennett-Levy et al., 2004) and provide the essential basis for communication between knowledge resulting from the rational mind and that resulting from the emotional mind (Padesky, 2004). Behavioral experiments are especially used to change underlying assumptions (UAs). UAs are expressed as conditional beliefs such as “If I exercise, then I will have a heart attack.” Consequently, one usually avoids feared situations.