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Is keeping emotions “bottled up” dangerous?

In my callow and shallow youth, I used to subscribe to the "teapot model" of emotions.  You know, our emotional systems are like teapots with water boiling, generating steam and pressure.  If the steam does not have an outlet, or the outlet becomes overwhelmed by too much steam expanding too quickly . . . POW !!!  Explosion […]

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Will there always be an REBT?

Posted by Rex Alexander on Sun 15 Oct 17 in Albert Ellis, REBT & Other therapies compared |

On another blog, a friend was gently ribbing me about my interest in "kooky" stuff like TaiChi and biofeedback  that has little to do with REBT-CBT. 1,475 total views, 2 views today Originally posted 2013-02-28 02:06:26.

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How helpful is CBT, really?

We have been discussing the approach of Dr. David Burns, renowned member of the Beck team which developed Cognitive Therapy in the 1980’s, best-selling author of the evergreen “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” and many other fine books on CBT.   The Feeling Good Handbook (Plume) 1,229 total views, no views today Originally posted 2014-10-01 […]

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Website review: ABC Counselling

Fri 14 Jun 2013, 6:11 pm Good evening All, It occurs to me that reviews of  websites fit nicely into this category of book and media reviews.  I just became aware of Jim Byrne's  ABC-Counseling, http://www.abc-counselling.com/  as a result of the discussion of his article Dr. Ellis, a wounded psychotherapist  Dr Jim Byrne, was originally very influenced by […]

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Stoic Philosophy and REBT

The gods have released you from accountability for your parents, your siblings, your body, your possessions – for death and for life itself. They made you responsible only for what is in your power – the proper use of impressions. So why take on the burden of matters which you cannot answer for? You are […]

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Is seeing a CBT therapist while still strongly disturbed the right thing to do?

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 6 Oct 17 in Basics, Guest Author Posts, Rational Thinking, REBT & Other therapies compared |

  Is seeing a CBT therapist while still strongly disturbed the right thing to do? 172 total views, no views today Originally posted 2013-11-28 04:12:30.

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Is “mindfulness” CBT or just distraction?

Posted by Rex Alexander on Sun 1 Oct 17 in Mindfulness, REBT & Other therapies compared |

  In the context of a larger discussion we have been having  regarding “mindfulness” practices and CBT-REBT, a reader raises an important question about whether mindfulness constitutes a “distraction” or is it the antithesis of distraction?  184 total views, no views today Originally posted 2014-02-10 22:42:51.

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Can we sabotage ourselves unconsciously?

Sun 26 May 2013, 8:54 pm A reader asks if we can sabotage ourselves unconsciously   Hi  all, One of the things I like about REBT is that it helps me keep things simple. Not that depth psychology and other schools of psychology have no interest or value, but they often tend to be unnecessarily […]

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A cat has PAWS on it’s claws, but a comma has pause on it’s clause!

A reader brings up some interesting questions about depression and other problems following withdrawal from dependence on benzodiazepines (related to Valium) even seven months after discontinuing use. He says that he has "PAWS (Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)" Although this is a BIG subject, and although my response is necessarily fairly "global" and general, there are, I […]

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To achieve anything in life, you have to make it a “must” ???

We have been having a fascinating, wide-ranging discussion which I think boils down to a few basic-but-important questions: 1. Is it necessary to avoid shoulds, oughts, musts and why's? in everyday speech? 2 What is the difference between "task-perfection" and "self-perfection." 3. Can we be motivated without . . . 1,799 total views, no views today […]

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