Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) (Psychology)

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  • A type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. Ellis's model assumes that individuals endorse unrealistic expec tations for themselves and their environment, thereby interfering with their life goals. REBT focuses on identifying and addressing maladaptive cognitions that are believed to result in self-defeating behaviors and/or distressing feelings. It uses the “ABC” structure under lying the cognitive model, wherein relationships between (A) activating events, (B) beliefs about them, and (C) the emotional or behavioral consequences of the beliefs are explored. In addition to subscribing to the ABC frame work, the REBT model endorses three main insights:

    • Although external circumstances have recognized psychological effects, psychological trou bles are predominantly viewed as a matter of choice, the result of the ...

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