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Is depression inherited or learned?

Posted by Rex Alexander on Mon 1 Oct 18 in Depression, Disputing, Ellis Quotes |

"You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it."                                ~Albert Ellis Hi REBT Mates!  This one really pisses some people off, especially those who are quite invested in thinking about their depression as "genetic" […]

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Oh well!

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in Acceptance, Disputing |

Oh well! One of the most useful and powerful REBT-CBT disputation tools!

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Disputing Overgeneralizations

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in Disputing, overgeneralization, Ten Cognitive Distortions |

A new reader asks how to dispute an "overgeneralization" Hi Newbie, Welcome! I often use "overgeneralization" in a loose way to mean exaggeration. However, if you are using the term in the way that Burns coined it, OVERGENERALIZATION: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat. You arbitrarily conclude that one […]

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What if you only understand your REBT process “intellectually”?

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in Basics, Disputing, Emotions, Rational Thinking, REBT & Other therapies compared, Uncategorized |

What if you only understand your REBT process “intellectually”? I am not as warm & fuzzy as Will is on this point. 

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“Secondary disturbance” is not secondary in signifance.

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in Acceptance, Basics, Depression, Disputing, ULA, UOA, USA |

We have been having some great discussions lately over at the REBT-CBT Forum Yahoogroup.  Thm raised an honest and important question and was kind enough to allow me to re-post it here.  Thanks, Thm!  His question and my response follows. Your follow-up comments and questions are encouraged and welcomed.

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Get up! Stomp around! Do your disputing aloud!

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in ABC Technique, Basics, Disputing, REBT & Other therapies compared |

 This is a follow-up to my post from last month “What if you only understand your REBT process intellectually?”

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Difference between “rational statements” & “positive thinking” ?

 

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Cognitive Distancing in Stoicism

Posted by Rex Alexander on Fri 21 Sep 18 in Albert Ellis, Books & Media, Disputing |

  Albert Ellis Donald Robertson Epictetus Stoic philosophy is among the many influences Drs. Ellis and Beck drew upon in developing REBT and CBT. However, there is a conundrum or a seeming conundrum between REBT’s emphasis on “disputing” and the stoic preference for “distancing.” In this sense, stoic philosophy may have more in common with […]

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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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Types of disputing

Posted by Rex Alexander on Wed 12 Sep 18 in ABC Technique, Disputing |

 Will Ross explains the different types of disputing If Forum want to dispute well, don't miss this excellent article by Will…

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