Treating non-serious mental illness as a very bad habit.


Non-serious Mental illness as a very bad habit.

More about Cognitive Principle Therapy follows from "About Cognitive Therapy"

You can counsel a non-serious mental illness by treating it as a very bad habit.



"Habit formation is the process by which a behavior, through regular repetition, becomes automatic or habitual. This is modelled as an increase in automaticity with number of repetitions up to an asymptote. This process of habit formation can be slow. Lally et al. (2010) found the average time for participants to reach the asymptote of automaticity was 66 days with a range of 18–254 days.

A key factor in distinguishing a bad habit from an addiction or mental illness is willpower. If a person has control over the behavior, then it is a habit"

About Cognitive Principle Therapy

Cognitive Principle Therapy define mental illness as "a very bad habit where the person has no will power to control it."

The 4 brains are out of alignment:

The 4 brains get out of alignment when:

 Understanding the comparative mind and predictive minds:

 Very bad habits are caused by the negative-comparative-predictive-loop, due the the head ruminating over negative triggers, the heart taking the negative triggers personally, the gut lacking the courage to support the heart and the spirit losing hope. The person will not only compare past negative events, but will predict that they will continue, then negatively compare their own predictions.

Understanding the neural pathways:

  • Neural pathways connect the four brains.
  • In Cognitive Principle therapy there are three levels of control, namely
  • The neural pathways and the flow of control relate to our needs, based on Maslow's hierarchy [adapted] shown below:
  • Good habits are repetitions at levels 3 and 4.
  • Bad habits are repetitions at level 2
  • Very Bad habits are repetitions at level 1.

-The neural pathways operate at level 1, traveling from the DMN to the TPN and involve

  • Negative thinking by the conscious mind
  • Negative mind wandering by the subconscious mind
  • Negative procedures [bad habtis] by the subconscious mind.

-The needs, principles and behaviors are all at level 1 and involve

  • Behaviors are negative and personal. That is, start activating defense mechanisms.
  • Negative principles deteriorate into negative concerns. That is guilt becomes shame, anger becomes rage, confusion becomes hopelessness.
  • Fear is causing a loss of control [willpower] and the person is suffering pain.


Understanding how the conscious mind and subconscious mind work.



Understand that we learn through repetition, but also solve problems through repetition.

 We all understand that we learn through repetition, but it is not widely understood that we solve certain times of problems, that is, unresolved issues from the past caused by lack of trust, respect, acceptance or commitment, by recreating them in the present to try to solve them. However, we use the same habits to solve them, that created the problem unless we learn awareness, develop resilience or gain impulse control.

Example-Understanding alcohol addiction as a very bad habit:

  • Alcohol starts as a stimulant for courage to either build relationships [level 4] or to confront others where the person lacks self-esteem [level 3]. Refer cognitive principle matrix above.
  • Alcohol eventually becomes a depressant for avoidance to escape the negative behaviors of alcoholism.

See pathway diagram below:

Very bad habit-The alcoholic moves from level 3 or 4 to level 5 when they take things personally.

At level 5, the alcoholic will choose alcohol over food, clothing and shelter. The alcoholic is attacking others and himself. Paranoid fear, shame, hopelessness has taken over.

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