Emotional Theory: The Application Of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

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Rational emotive behavioral therapy or REBT, is a unique type of therapy that provides individuals an outlet to challenge their irrational beliefs. REBT examines these beliefs as they have shaped the client’s worldview, altered how they view themselves, and resulted in unhealthy damaging behaviors ("Lecture 3," 2015). Within using rational emotive behavioral therapy is its theory that shapes its application, the A-B-C-D-E therapeutic approach, and the application of this theory in a case study. There are three major principles of REBT. These include a look at the aspects of human functioning which include thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Frist, people and events do not make individuals feel a certain way whether it be good or bad. Second, …show more content…
The activating event was concerning catching a train and having a heart attack. The irrational belief was that being on train, Ted can have a heart attack and this results in anxiety because Ted feels it makes him less than perfect. The unhealthy consequence is that Ted experiences an anxiety attack. The therapist in the case study is using disputation by asking Ted what would happen if he had an attack on the train? The therapist is challenging his irrational belief and that there is no proof anything bad will happen to him. To address E the client and therapist are looking to bring about change using the forceful self-dialogue intervention, “F… it! If it happens it happens!” (Sharf, 2012, p. 409). Rational emotive behavioral therapy or REBT, is a unique type of therapy that provides individuals an outlet to challenge their irrational beliefs, such as Ted’s anxiety about riding the train. REBT examines these beliefs as they have shaped the client’s worldview, altered how they view themselves, and resulted in unhealthy damaging behaviors ("Lecture 3," 2015). Within using rational emotive behavioral therapy is its theory that shapes its application, the A-B-C-D-E therapeutic approach, and the application that was demonstrated in the case study, “Anxiety Disorder:

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