Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy

New Delhi : India | Dec 30, 2012 at 2:29 AM PST
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REBT attempts to use rationality to deal with unstable emotional issues. Albert Ellis introduced RET after working with behaviourism. Ellis maintains that thoughts and emotions are interlinked and therefore need a rational way of dealing.


Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy also known as Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) has its roots in behaviourism. The therapy attempts to use rationality and reason to identify self-defeating thought processes and then to learn to emote more appropriately. In the 1950’s Albert Ellis originally came up with the concept called Rational Therapy. It is possible to buy online images of Albert Ellis from a dedicated website. Ellis before coming up with the theory worked in the field of Behaviourism. The model designed by Ellis involved a continuous interplay between environment and internal mental state.

Thoughts and emotions

According to the concept thought and emotions are no two different things. It is thinking pattern that gives rise to emotions within. If an individual can check and rationalise his thought process he can lead a healthy emotional life. On the other hand psychotherapy attempts to unearth the repressed psychodynamic conflicts to free one from negative emotions. RET focuses on the present and stops from building and more negative emotions, and thinking rationally every moment. Reinforcement of positive and negative stimulus from the surrounding environment can be dealt rationally only. For the emotions follow the thought process. If there is constant flowing negative thinking it will eventually make you feel low and depressed. On the other had if you check that flow of thinking with rationality it can undo what negative thinking does to emotions. Buy content to understand the interconnection between thoughts and emotions with example.

Buddhist philosophy

RET can also be compared to the Buddhist technique of meditation wherein you practice the art of living in present. The more you live in present the less time you have to feel the past negative emotions. With time it automatically fades out. Being present also enables you to focus on the current problems and deal with it before it turns into big backlog. Buy news articles to understand how does present work turns into backlog. In the initial stages RET suggests for unconditional positive regard in order to counter the self-defeating thoughts and emotions. The unconditional positive regard could also be seen as unconditional love for yourself. It is realised the moment you start loving and respect yourself you tend to start sharing with not only surrounding people but also other things. It naturally makes you more aware and rational towards the present problems and the ones that have been suppressed in the past.

ABC model

RET tends to believe in the ABC model. Here A represents the surrounding environment which provides stimulus to the mind. It could also be seen as the problems you are facing or issues of concern. B indicates belief system that an individual holds. On a broader category there are two kinds of belief systems an individual holds, positive and negative. And C naturally represents the consequences, the results. Results are nothing but combination of A and C. If the belief system is positive the consequence will be positive and if the belief system is negative the consequence would be negative. Negative enforcement with negative belief system just adds to the mess. Therefore it is important to evaluate ‘A’ rationally in order to build positive ‘B’ system which could eventually give out healthy ‘C’.

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johnmatthew is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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