Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) (Education)

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  • In the mid-1950s, Dr. Albert Ellis developed REBT, which is classified as a cognitive behavioral therapy. Ellis theorized that emotions and behaviors result from thoughts and if a person modified his or her thoughts, then feelings and behaviors would be different. In Ellis's ABC model, there is an activating event and inferences are made (A), and then filtered through a person's beliefs and evaluated (B), which leads to an emotional and behavioral response (C). According to REBT, long-lasting change occurs when a person's core beliefs are modified because A triggers B, which causes C. For more infor mation, see Ellis and Springer (2007).

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