Rational statements such as “It’s a hassle . . . not a horror!” and the many others are an important part of REBT 101. However–except in cases where an individual is simply incapable of doing the more rigorous disputing and replacing–rational statements augment ABC disputing and replacing, they do not substitute for it. And, of course, it goes without saying that disputing-replacing is best when done “wet.” That is when it is a dynamic, emotive even passionate process, rather than just mechanically filling out forms and intellectually connecting logical statements with the same mindset as one uses to solve a rubik’s cube
For a deeper and fascinating exploration of the history of positive thinking and other woo–woo concepts, and how they came into the culture, see my longer article Accentuate the Rational
|As a team, disputing-replacing and rational statements (as well as humorous rational limericks and songs) work well together and reinforce one another. However, without rigorous REBT 101 disputing-replacing, rational statements are just another form of “PPT” puny positive thinking, which is often irrational and counter-productive.|
Does positive thinking work? Unquestionably at times. People have invented slogans that have at times helped to cure themselves of various kinds of ills. You can, too, if you use some well-chosen positive self-statements. Watch it, however! Emile Coué, the most popular therapist in the world in the 1920s, went out of business because his positive self-suggestions were often Pollyannaish and unrealistic. Who truly gets better day by day in every way? Not very many!
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Originally posted 2013-08-29 05:05:56.