Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Analytical Essay

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Looks at rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and it use in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
# 152519 | 2,190 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 05, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies)

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This paper explains that rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), which purports to give individuals the power to change their unhealthy behaviors so that they can better function and enjoy life, is one of the main treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The REBT theorizes that individuals with OCD have stronger biological tendencies to be disturbed negatively by their environments; thereby, the author reports that REBT combines cognitive, emotive and behavioral techniques to treat OCD, often in conjunction with medications that alter the serotonin levels. The paper expresses the author's liking of REBT because it is an active-directive approach that aims to restructure not only clients' cognitions but also their philosophical views on life.

Table of Contents:
Overview of REBT
Origins of Emotional Disturbance
A-B-C Theory
Disputing Irrational Beliefs
Therapeutic Techniques
Overview of OCD
REBT Explanation of OCD
REBT Treatment of OCD

From the Paper:

"The A-B-C theory is the cognitive basis of REBT (Ellis & MacLaren, 2005). This theory states that all people have goals, values, and desires (G). People strive for their goals in order to live a happy and healthy life. From time to time, there are events, or adversities (A), that block or interfere with the achievement of goals. When individuals are met with adversity, an emotional, and often times behavioral, consequence (C) follows. Individuals may choose healthy, appropriate emotions and reactions or unhealthy, inappropriate emotions and reactions. According to the A-B-C theory, it is not the adversities (A), but the beliefs (B) that individuals hold about the adversities, that determine the reactions or consequences (C).
"People hold two separate belief systems. The rational belief (RB) system includes healthy beliefs, such as, "I don't like this, I wish it weren't happening," and "I would like for my spouse to love me, but he doesn't have to." In the rational belief system, goals, values, and desires are seen as simple preferences. When individuals choose these rational beliefs, they are able to react with healthy and appropriate feelings at point C, therefore not disturbing themselves. Conversely, the irrational belief (IB) system holds goals, values, and desires as dire needs and demands."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, A. (2006). Cognitive-behavior therapy and other psychosocial interventions in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatric Annals 36(7), 474-480. Retrieved September 30, 2007, from ProQuest database.
  • American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text revision). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Ellis, A. (1993). Reflections of rational-emotive therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61(2), 199-201. Retrieved September 13, 2007, from EBSCOhost database.
  • Ellis, A. (1998). Addictive behaviors and personality disorders. Social Policy, 29(2), 25-30. Retrieved September 13, 2007, from EBSCOhost database.
  • Ellis, A. (1999). Why rational-emotive therapy to rational emotive behavior therapy? Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 36(2), 154-159. Retrieved September 13, 2007, from ProQuest database.

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