No one really has the power to “make” you feel or think a particular way. Only you have that power. But sometimes people can send us pretty powerful “invitations” – invitations that are toxic but are also, for various reasons, hard to dismiss or decline.
In contrast to traditional psychotherapy, CBT does not focus as much on feelings, emotional conflicts or past traumatic events. Rather the focus is on the here-and-now as well as on how an individual’s thought processes influences their behavior patterns.
Despite frequent social sanctions, aggressive personalities often persist in their aggressive defiance of society’s rules and limits.