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Irrational Beliefs

Introduction

Cognitive-behavioural assessment is a technique used to test the thought processes which define many psychological disorders. A major component of cognitive-behavioural assessment is the measurement of irrational thoughts and beliefs. The tests of irrational thinking developed thus far have grown out of the work of American clinical psychologists Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck.

Irrational Beliefs in Clinical Psychology

Albert Ellis developed rational-emotive therapy (RET), now known as rational-emotive-behaviour therapy (REBT), during the 1950s as a result of his discontent with the efficacy of psychoanalysis (Ellis, 1962). The main hypothesis of REBT is that beliefs about events are the most important cause of appropriate or self-defeating emotions and behaviours. REBT is based on the ABC model of psychopathology, in which unpleasant activating environmental events (A) do not cause ...

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