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Irrational and Rational Beliefs and Physical Health

Julie B. Schnur, Guy H. Montgomery and Daniel David

in Rational and Irrational Beliefs

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182231
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870684 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.003.0012
Irrational and Rational Beliefs and Physical Health

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This chapter proposes a theoretical model that could potentially increase our understanding of the effects of irrational beliefs on health outcomes. It has been written that REBT “is perhaps the only therapeutic system that directly tackles our confrontation with reality.” Also as humans cannot help but be all too aware, physical suffering is an inextricable part of reality. REBT arms us in our struggle with this aspect of reality by providing us with two weapons: a willingness to accept reality, combined with an unwillingness to accept our irrational interpretations of that reality.

Keywords: irrational beliefs; health outcome; rational emotive behavior therapy; confrontation; physical suffering

Chapter.  4681 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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