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Rational and Irrational BeliefsResearch, Theory, and Clinical Practice$
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Daniel David, Steven Lynn, and Albert Ellis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.001.0001

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Mindfulness and Irrational Beliefs

Mindfulness and Irrational Beliefs

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Rational and Irrational Beliefs

David I. Mellinger

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses metacognitions from the vantage points of Buddhist psychology and cognitive behavior theory, and also metacognitive therapy strategies based on CBT and mindfulness practice are described. From the metacognitive perspective, both mindfulness and CBT are metacognitive control strategies; but so are states intrinsic to psychopathology, such as experiential avoidance and perseverative, refractory, and self-focused negative states like rumination and active worry. Mindfulness-based techniques and Buddhist psychology are reshaping and augmenting contemporary cognitive-behavioral therapy in far-reaching ways. Acceptance- and mindfulness-based approaches are increasing the versatility and robustness of CBT. The chapter believes that cross-pollination of process-based cognitive theory with content-based theories shows promise for fortifying the power of cognitive-behavioral therapy to contend with pervasive problems of rumination and active worry.

Keywords:   metacognition, irrational beliefs, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness, cognition, cognitive behavior therapy

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