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A cat has CLAWS on it’s PAWS, 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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What, more “darling shoulds?”

Posted by Rex Alexander on Wed 10 Jul 24 in Albert Ellis, Demanding, musterbation, musty thinking, Religion, should statements |

  It’s true!  I never tire of talking about my “darling shoulds.”   Originally posted 2015-03-20 05:06:07.

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Disputing Overgeneralizations

Posted by Rex Alexander on Thu 27 Jun 24 in Disputing, overgeneralization, Ten Cognitive Distortions |

A new reader asks how to dispute an “overgeneralization“ Originally posted 2017-06-07 00:00:23.

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Ten Cognitive Distortions

Here an expanded discussion of the Ten Cognitive Distortions as conceptualized by David Burns and the Big Four, four irrational beliefs (IB’s) that drive emotional as conceptualized by Dr. Albert Ellis. Originally posted 2019-08-24 18:57:56.

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What is the purpose of life?

We have been having a great time with our friends over at the REBT-CBT Forum discussing the timeless question, What is the Purpose of Life?  Actually, REBT has quite a bit to say about this, but I fear that what it has to say is not very satisfying to those who raise the question!  Click the […]

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American exceptionalism (REBT style)

Posted by Rex Alexander on Tue 18 Jun 24 in General Semantics, overgeneralization, People Rating, Rating |

On another thread, we have been discussing America being the greatest country in the world, that is so called “American Exceptionalism.” Originally posted 2016-06-17 05:30:58.

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Do anti-depressant medications work?

We have been having a fascinating discussion that I reckon is best framed as “Do antidepressant medications work?”    Originally posted 2013-08-06 19:00:08.

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Negative thinking patterns

Posted by Rex Alexander on Sun 12 May 24 in David Burns, Depression, Ten Cognitive Distortions |

  Negative thinking patterns can be immensely deceptive and persuasive, and change is rarely easy. But with patience and persistence, I believe that nearly all individuals suffering from depression can improve and experience a sense of joy and self-esteem once again.”           ~David Burns, author “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” […]

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Yes, we can’t!

Posted by Rex Alexander on Thu 9 May 24 in Postive thinkikng, Ten Cognitive Distortions |

  Originally posted 2019-01-08 21:16:06.

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Ten Cognitive Distortions & Four IB’s

REBT-CBT is built on the premise that we all make fundamental mistakes in the way we think about ourselves, other people and life in general, and that these mistakes (irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions) are the real cause of (virtually all) of our misery and dysfunction and failure. This is so important!   Continue reading to see […]

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