Albert Ellis’ Rational-Emotive Behavioral Theory. Albert Ellis Brief Biography. Born 1913…Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Graduated w/ Ph.D. Columbia University 1947 Taught at Rutgers 1948-49 Initially trained as a psychoanalyst @ Horney Institute.
Began developing RT (Rational Therapy-now called REBT) around 1955 because he was disenchanted w/ psychoanalysis; he thought it was too inefficient.
A = activating event (actual event, thought or image)
B = belief(s) about the event
C = emotional and/or behavioral consequence
“I’ll never find someone as wonderful as her.”
“I’m a loser.”
“That *$*%$ has no right to leave. I’ve given
“Thank God she is leaving. I will be rid of a big
“Now I can get on with my life.”
Sadness (I lost something I cared about) rather than depression (I’m bad…no good)
Remorse (I did something I am sorry for) rather than guilt (I did something I should be damned for)
Concern (I need to take care of this) rather than anxiety (I will never be able to handle this )
(Ellis calls this musturbation)
When your beliefs are irrational, you also tend toward irrational conclusions.
Why is ______________ so terrible or awful?
Where is it written that you can’t stand the situation?
Is there another way you can think about this?
What is preventing you from doing so?
Why must you have it this way?
What is the worst that can happen if you give up this belief?
What is the best that can happen?
Ellis 3 basic tenets: