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Rational Emotive Behavior Theory - Ellis

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Cognitive self-statements: by developing coping statements, rational beliefs can be strengthened. E.g., "I want to earn an A, but it's ok if I don't".
Cost-benefit analysis: this method is particularly helpful for individuals who have addictions and/ or low frustration tolerance. E.g., making a list of the pros and cons of overeating, then think seriously about the pros and cons various times daily.
Psycho-educational methods: REBT does not stop when the session ends. Listening to audiotapes that teach principles of REBT is often recommended, as is listening to audiotapes of the client's therapy session. By doing so, the client is able to better remember points made by the therapist during the session.
Teaching others: Ellis recommends that clients teach their friends and associates, when appropriate, the principles of REBT. When others present irrational beliefs to the clients, he suggests that clients try to point rational beliefs to their friends. Trying to persuade others not to use irrational beliefs can help the persuader to learn more effective ways of disputing his/her own irrational beliefs.
Problem solving: by helping people expand their choices of what they want to do and be, REBT helps them choose rational thoughts, feelings, and actions rather than be guided by their dogmatic irrational beliefs. REBT therapists help their client figure out and arrive at viable options by dealing with both practical problems (finding employment) and emotional problems—problems about having practical problems (fretting and worrying about being employed).