The central principle of this therapy is that - people are not emotionally affected by external events but they are affected by their thinking about such events. A fundamental premise of REBT is humans do not get emotionally disturbed by unfortunate circumstances - how they construct their views of those circumstances decides their state of mind. This happens through their language, evaluative beliefs, meanings and philosophies about the world, themselves and others.
This approach was originally discovered and stated by the ancient Stoic philosophers. We can find the evidence of this in the ancient Greek literature with a quote "Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of them". Albert Ellis, the celebrated developer of this therapy, noted that Shakespeare expressed a similar thought in Hamlet: "There's nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so."
Ellis also acknowledges early 20th century therapists, particularly Paul Charles Dubois, though he
only read his work several years after developing his therapy.
1. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a type cognitive therapy first used by Albert Ellis which
focuses on resolving emotional and behavioral problems. The goal of the therapy is to change
irrational beliefs to more rational ones.
2. REBT encourages a person to identify their general and irrational beliefs (e.g. I must be perfect") and subsequently persuades the person challenge these false beliefs through reality testing.
3. If you want to help people around you to overcome their limitations like fears, phobias, anxieties; REBT is for you. Albert Ellis (1957, 1962) proposes that each of us hold a unique set of assumptions about ourselves and our world that serve to guide us through life and determine our reactions to the various situations we encounter.
4. Unfortunately, some people’s assumptions are largely irrational, guiding them to act and react in ways that are inappropriate and that prejudice their chances of happiness and success. Albert Ellis calls these basic irrational assumptions.
5. Some people irrationally assume that they are failures if they are not loved by everyone they know - they constantly seek approval and repeatedly feel rejected. All their interactions are affected by this assumption, so that a great party can leave them dissatisfied because they don’t get enough compliments.
Rupa is upset because she got a low mark on a math test. The Activating event, A, is that she failed
her test. The Belief, B, is that she must have good grades or she is worthless. The Consequence, C, is
that Rupa feels depressed.
After irrational beliefs have been identified, the therapist will often work with the client in challenging the negative thoughts on the basis of evidence from the client's experience by reframing it, meaning to re-interpret it in a more realistic light. This helps the client to develop more rational beliefs and healthy coping strategies.
A therapist would help Rupa realize that there is no evidence that she must have good grades to be worthwhile, or that getting bad grades is awful. She desires good grades, and it would be good to have them, but it hardly makes her worthless.
If she realizes that getting bad grades is disappointing, but not awful, and that it means she is currently bad at math or at studying, but not as a person, she will feel sad or frustrated, but not depressed. The sadness and frustration are likely healthy negative emotions and may lead her to study harder from then on.
This certification will be delivered in “Endorphin Professional Learning Format”. From the beginning to the end it will have four learning phases:
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