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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)


REBTRational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a cognitive-behavioral approach for treatment of stress, depression, hostility, anxiety etc. developed by Dr. Albert Ellis in 1955.

According to this therapy, emotional and behavioral ailments are the result of irrational thoughts, assumptions and beliefs. This therapy identifies those problematic and erroneous ideas and replace them with more rational, reality-based thoughts and perspectives.

REBT- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy since its inception, has flourished and spawned a variety of other cognitive-behavior therapies. Its effectiveness, short-term nature, and low cost are major reasons for its wide acceptance and popularity.

Information on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

REBT's (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) overall approach works for individuals who desire a scientific, present-focused and effective treatment for coping with life's problems, rather than one which is mystical and largely passive.

People who take REBT are taught and encouraged to accept personal responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings and behavior. They are empowered to change reactions and beliefs that are mal-adaptive, distorted, interfere with their goals and effect their enjoyment of life. Gradually with practice, the new ideas become part of the person and it integrates into their way of living.

Simple Principles of Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT) Therapy.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is based on the following simple principles having profound implications:

  • You yourself are responsible for your emotions and actions.
  • These harmful emotions and dysfunctional behaviors are the after effects of your irrational thinking.
  • You can imbibe the realistic view in yourself and then practice them to make it your life's part.
  • You can experience more satisfactions in life by developing and following a reality-based perspective. By this you will tend to accept yourself more

How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Works?

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) distinguishes between practical problems and emotional problems. Practical problems are actual events and situations that are problematic, whereas emotional problems are reactions to such events and situations that are inappropriate, inaccurate (over-reactions or under-reactions), and actually or potentially harmful. While one cannot always control things that happen in life, one is responsible for what one makes of it and how one handles it. REBT addresses the emotional suffering by helping you in the ways as mentioned in the simple principles above.

A number of techniques are used in this active approach, such as rational-emotive imagery (in which people imagine themselves thinking, feeling and behaving in ways they would like to think, feel and behave in real life), role-playing, homework assignments, desensitization, and assertiveness exercises. The goal is freedom from emotional upheaval and a more authentic and joyful engagement in life.

Does Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) devoid you of Feelings?

Lets assume that you take the above suggestions to heart and you greatly reduce your anxiety, hostility, depression, and addictions, what is left now?

Will you exist robot-like, devoid of human feeling and motivation?

No! Without your turmoil, you'll more easily experience love, involvement, and joy. Without your addictions, you'll be more free to engage in gratifying experiences of spontaneity, commitment, and self-actualization.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Bottomline

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) technique will help you if you relish quickly taking control of your own life, rather than depending upon a therapist for years. By giving you tools for identifying and overcoming the real cause of your difficulties, it will enable you to act in many ways as your own therapist. And by helping you to enhance realistic, self-benefiting beliefs, it will help you to eliminate present emotional and behavioral problems, and to avoid future ones.

Behavior therapy

Behavior therapy techniques include assertiveness training, systematic desensitization, exposure and response prevention, and modifying the environment and activity schedules to improve mood and functioning.

Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) - Rational-Emotional therapy is built on the belief that how we emotionally respond at any moment depends on our interpretations--our views, our beliefs, our thoughts--of the situation.

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