Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) is built on the idea that how we feel is largely influenced by how we think. As is implied by the name, this form of therapy encourages the development of rational thinking to facilitate healthy emotional expression and behavior.
“People are not disturbed by things but rather by their view of things.” –Albert Ellis
Often, ways of thinking ingrained in our brains at an early age or resulting from painful or traumatic events continue to subconsciously influence our behaviors and perceptions into adulthood. REBT seeks to reshape these core beliefs in those experiencing a wide range of mental health conditions, thereby enabling them to live full, satisfying lives free from unnecessary psychological distress.
For example, say an individual feels continuously plagued by feelings of rejection. Rational emotive behavioral therapy might uncover that he or she harbors the following belief: “I am an outcast. Nobody likes me.” As a result, this person is likely to interpret a number of everyday occurrences in a negative light; a downcast expression seen on another’s face or a lack of positive feedback from a colleague becomes a direct reinforcement of that core inner concept. Naturally, this triggers a negative emotional response and increases the likelihood of depression, social anxiety, antisocial behavior, and/or low self-esteem, among other manifestations of the “nobody likes me” belief.
(source: Ellis A & Balden RET, een andere kijk op problemen)
You are not what you think!