Guest Author, Dr. Edelstein : Negative emotions come from one type of irrational thinking

REBT (according to Ellis) posits that inappropriate negative emotions come from one type of irrational thinking . . .. . . demands. Global rating (of oneself, others, and the universe), awfulizing, and low frustration tolerance are all derivatives of musts and shoulds.

Operationally it looks like this: “I absolutely must do well and get approval, otherwise it’s awful, I can’t stand it, and I’m no good.”

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Other REBT authors have posited your way of classifying this, but it’s a category error and Al has not done so that I know of. If you have a citation of his to the contrary I would be interested.

Warmly, Michael

Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
415-673-2848 (24 hours)
Author of Three Minute Therapy


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Originally posted 2013-12-27 06:34:31.

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