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Rational and Irrational Beliefs: Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice

Daniel David, Steven Lynn, and Albert Ellis


In this book leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and other cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBTs) share their perspectives and empirical findings on the nature of rational and irrational beliefs, the role of beliefs as mediators of functional and dysfunctional emotions and behaviors, and clinical approaches to modifying irrational beliefs, enhancing rational beliefs, and adaptive coping in the face of stressful life events. Offering a cohesive approach to understanding REBT/CBT and its central constructs of rational and irrational beliefs ... More

Keywords: REBT, CBTs, functional emotions, dysfunctional emotions, clinical approaches, anxiety, psychological symptoms, health promotion, disease prevention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel David, editor
Babes-Bolyai University

Steven Lynn, editor
State University of New York at Binghamton

Albert Ellis, editor
Albert Ellis Institute

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Part I Foundations

1 Rational and Irrational Beliefs: A Historical and Conceptual Perspective

Albert Ellis, Daniel David, and Steven Jay Lynn

Part II Rational and Irrational Beliefs: Human Emotions and Behavioral Consequences

5 The Behavioral Consequences of Irrational Beliefs

Aurora Szentagotai, and Jason Jones

Part III Clinical Applications

7 The Assessment of Rational and Irrational Beliefs

Bianca Macavei, and James McMahon

8 Rational and Irrational Beliefs and Psychopathology

Christopher M. Browne, E. Thomas Dowd, and Arthur Freeman

9 Rational and Irrational Beliefs in Primary Prevention and Mental Health

Donald A. Caserta, E. Thomas Dowd, Daniel David, and Albert Ellis

Part IV Physical Health and Pain

12 Irrational and Rational Beliefs and Physical Health

Julie B. Schnur, Guy H. Montgomery, and Daniel David

Part V Judgment Errors and Popular Myths and Misconceptions

15 The Five Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Implications for Psychotherapy

Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, and Barry L. Beyerstein

Part VI A Look to the Future

End Matter