REBT ( Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy ) was one of the first types of cognitive therapy to be invented. It was created by Dr. Albert Ellis in the 1950s. At the time, Dr. Ellis was practicing traditional Freudian psychotherapy. Dr. Ellis noticed that his clients who changed the way they thought about their problems got better much more quickly. He created REBT from that single observation, that what a person feels is driven very much by what they think and what they believe.
Dr. Ellis noticed that it isn’t always easy for a person to change how s/he thinks. He believed that behavior and emotion reenforced beliefs. The ‘E’ and ‘B’ in REBT is about a person changing their behavior and associating strong emotions with new rational beliefs to reenforce new ways of thinking about things.
Below is a set of recordings called “Rational Radio” created by psychotherapist Micah Perkins who was gracious enough to give me permission to make his work freely available ( not for resale ). These recordings give an introduction to using REBT for self help in a plain language.
For those interested in learning more about REBT A Brief Introduction To Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy by Wayne Froggatt is probably the singles best piece of introductory writing on REBT. Those wishing to go even further will also find Dr. Ellis’ classic Guide To Rational Living very useful. That book has many significantly different editions. Make sure you get the latest.
You can listen to the recordings below by clicking on the links to invoke the MP3 player linked to your browser or you can download the MP3 files by right clicking each link and choosing the “Save Link As” option from the pop-up menu.
- Intro To Rational Radio
- The 3 Insights Of REBT
- Types Of Irrational Beliefs
- The ABCs Of REBT
- What It Means To Be Rational
- Disputing Part1
- Disputing Part 2
- Irrational Beliefs In Relationships