Extract from letter to Dr Albert Ellis re.
This jars with my humanistic philosophy and approach; people are way more complex than empirical research allows - science has a long way to catch up with the sophistication of our organismic selves. I wrote a post about my struggles with CBT here.
I would say, however, that it is not the panacea it is touted as, and just because it is a fashionable approach, does not deem it better than other approaches.
Albert Ellis had a " Strong words indeed, and Ellis has been criticised for being aggressive and foul-mouthed. Of his many infleunces he includes the early Stoic philosophers, most notably Epictetus: It is a comprehensive theory of human behaviour that proposes that a combination of biological, psychological and social factors are involved in the way human beings feel and behave 1.
The principal thesis is that sustained emotional reactions are caused by internal sentences, in the form of dogmatics "musts", "shoulds" or "oughts" that people repeat to themselves. These reflect their unspoken assumptions, or irrational beliefs, about what is necessary to lead a meaningful life.
It is what people believe about the situations they face, not the situations themselves, that determines how they feel and behave. Furthermore it is the presence of extreme philosophies that can make the difference between healthy negative emotions such as sadness, regret or concern and unhealthy negative emotions such as depression, guilt or anxiety.
In REBT the goal is to modify the underlying core belief or philosophy of the client as opposed to modifying their behaviour, as is the case in CBT which approach Ellis refers to as "inelegant". According to Ellis, CBT does not tend to help the client to effect a philosophical shift at the most elegant level possible.
A - the activating event is followed by C - an emotional consequence. However it is not correct to say that A causes C, which is how the client may perceive it. The therapist teaches the client to see that C occurs as a result of their belief system B. In order to understand the emotional consequence at C, the therapist helps the client to focus on B, the irrational beliefs about A, and not A itself.
D refers to the disputing of irrational beliefs and E to a new and effective rational outlook. Here is what I found: REBT addresses the philosophic core of emotional disturbance as well as the distorted cognitions the focus of CBT which derive from this core.
Consequently, it is more powerful than CBT in this way. REBT highlights the significance of secondary disturbance SD which is often the largest factor in life-long endogenous depression, severe anxiety, and panic attacks.
REBT presents an elegant solution to the self-esteem problem. It teaches unconditional self-acceptance USArather than any kind of self-rating, "authentic" or otherwise.
Secondary disturbance, or secondary emotional disturbance is when somebody has a negative emotional response to their emotional responses. For example, somebody who suffers from panic attacks may feel ashamed of their perceived weakness.
So the secondary emotion here is shame. I often find with clients that the presenting issues are usually wrapped up in secondary emotional disturbance which makes the whole package bigger, more powerful and harder to manage. Indirectly, secondary emotional disturbances are addressed through the therapeutic process, and through striving to acquire a truly empathic and non-judgmental connection with the client, questions are naturally asked which challenge underlying core beliefs which may no longer serve the client.
One last point, I like Albert Ellis and respect his challenging demeanour.This is a presentation on cognitive therapies: cognitive behavior therapy by Beck and rational emotive behavior therapy by Ellis. Cognitive therapy cbt and rebt 1. CBT yunusemremert.com - CT comparison of two theoretical frameworks that are often used in counseling, Rational Emotive Behavior Theory (REBT) and Solution-Focused Theory (SFT).
Rational Emotive Behavior Theory, also known as REBT was developed by Albert Ellis. According to Murdock (), REBT is considered one of the major approaches to counseling today. Supervision/Case Consultation; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Right for Me?
Another key difference between Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy is the forcefulness modeled by the therapist in challenging negative beliefs and the encouragement of the client to similarly practice very.
Because of the many similarities between Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) many people, even professionals mistakenly believe REBT is a sub category of CBT.
In fact, there are some very important differences between Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Introduction. This essay is going to compare and contrast the theoretical foundations of yunusemremert.com’s Cognitive therapy (CT) and yunusemremert.com’s Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy (REBT). Essay on Comparing Cct and Rebt a Case Study Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is both a psychotherapeutic system of theory and practices and a school of thought established by Albert Ellis.
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