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William O'Donohue & Jason S. Vass

In: The Philosophy of Psychology

Chapter 20: What is an Irrational Belief? Rational-Emotive Therapy and Accounts of Rationality*

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What is an Irrational Belief? Rational-Emotive Therapy and Accounts of Rationality*
What is an irrational belief? Rational-emotive therapy and accounts of rationality
WilliamO'Donohue
JasonS.Vass

Rational-emotive therapy (RET), which was originated by Albert Ellis over 30 years ago (Ellis, 1958, 1962, 1987a, 1987b), is one of the most widely practiced models of psychotherapy and counseling (Heesacker, Heppner, & Rogers, 1982; Smith, 1982). RET's popularity may be partly due to its commitment to the scientist-practitioner model and its emphasis upon empirical evaluation (Ellis, 1989a). Its popularity with practitioners is also likely to be the result of RET's directness, economy, and apparent efficacy for a wide variety of psychological problems. A recent metaanalysis of 70 RET outcome studies suggests that RET leads to significant improvement in clients relative to initial assessments ...

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