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Frank W. Bond & Windy Dryden

In: Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Practical Applications

Chapter 7: Modifying Irrational Control and Certainty Beliefs: Clinical Recommendations Based upon Research

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Modifying Irrational Control and Certainty Beliefs: Clinical Recommendations Based upon Research
Modifying irrational control and certainty beliefs: Clinical recommendations based upon research
Frank W.Bond and WindyDryden

Western society places great importance on people's ability to control and be certain about what occurs in their lives. Medical doctors should control illness, airline pilots should control their planes, stockbrokers should be certain that stocks will go a particular way, and members of a jury should be certain that the witnesses are telling the truth. Since beliefs surrounding control and certainty are hypothesised to be one of the primary causes of anxiety (for example, Barlow, 1988; Beck & Emery, 1985; Seligman, 1975), it may not be surprising that anxiety is the most prevalent psychological disorder (Barlow, 1988). After all, if ...

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