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Rational and Irrational Beliefs: Implications for Mechanisms of Change and Practice in Psychotherapy

Daniel David, Arthur Freeman and Raymond DiGiuseppe

in Rational and Irrational Beliefs

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182231
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.003.0010
Rational and Irrational Beliefs: Implications for Mechanisms of Change and Practice in Psychotherapy

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This chapter explores the role of irrational beliefs in stressful and nonstressful situations in health promoting behaviors, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy in general. It argues that irrational beliefs are important causal factors in psychopathology, and that rational beliefs are an important health promoting mechanism. This hypothesis pertains to both cognitive-behavioral therapies and psychotherapy in general.

Keywords: irrational beliefs; psychopathology; stress; cognitive behavioral therapy; psychotherapy

Chapter.  8940 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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