Rational Emotive Behavior Group Counseling Theory Essay

1394 Words Dec 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Theory The theoretical orientation that I have begun to align with is Rational Emotive Behavior Group Counseling Theory (REBT). Albert Ellis created this theory in 1955. This theory revolves around the core concept of rational and irrational beliefs. A rational beliefs are consistent with reality, logical, enhances both the self and relationships. On the other hand, irrational beliefs are seen to be a psychological disturbance (Dryden, 2005). An irrational thought is illogical, defeating and inconstant with reality. This theory suggests that there are four types of both irrational and rational beliefs. The theory suggests that there is an ABC method to understanding the beliefs. A represents the activating event. B represents the belief whether it is rational or irrational. Lastly, C represents the consequence of the belief. It is the counselor’s role to help dispute (D) those beliefs to create more efficient (E) rational beliefs. The theory states that individuals are capable of both types of beliefs, but the issue occurs when an individual’s strong desire turns into a ridged demand (Dryden, 2005). This would in turn become an irrational belief. These ridged demands are ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds.’ If an individual believes that he or she must get a perfect school or else they are worth nothing. This would be an example of an irrational belief. Therefore, this suggests that the event is not irrational, but the view a person takes on the event. Unlike other behavioral approaches,…

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