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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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Irrational and Rational Beliefs and Physical Health

Irrational and Rational Beliefs and Physical Health

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(p.253) 12 Irrational and Rational Beliefs and Physical Health
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Rational and Irrational Beliefs
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Julie B. Schnur

Guy H. Montgomery

Daniel David

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.003.0012

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

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