Depression is associated with particular kinds of cognition: thoughts of guilt, hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, and death. These unwarranted and unwanted thoughts cause much of the pain associated with depression and, what may be worse, deter sufferers from seeking help. The effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy for mild to moderate cases of depression underscores the centrality of cognition in the genesis and phenomenology of the disease. Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression is a scholarly review and discussion of cognition as it relates to individual vulnerability to depressive illness. After a foreword by Aaron Beck, the foremost exponent of cognitive treatment, it proceeds systematically through chapters on cognitive theories of depression, approaches to the study of vulnerability to psychopathology, conceptual and methodological issues in proximal and distal factors in vulnerability, and an integration of published findings and theories. The authors go to great pains, sometimes too great, to lay out their intentions and the structure of their book for the reader.