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What Is REBT? 3 Main Beliefs

11 Irrational Beliefs of REBT As "Must Not"


What Is REBT? How Is it Different from CBT?

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What is REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy)?

“To help people achieve the three basic REBT philosophies of unconditional self-acceptance, unconditional other-acceptance, and unconditional life-acceptance, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral methods, which are described in this monograph, are used.” ―Albert Ellis, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

  • REBT is a philosophy and counseling approach for applying three main principles.
  • The three main beliefs of REBT are USA, UOA, ULA.
  • The three main goals of REBT are USA, UOA, ULA.

The Three Main Beliefs, Goals, Principles, & Strategies of REBT

“REBT is a conscious practice of moving clients to achieve greater unconditional self-acceptance (USA), unconditional other-acceptance (UOA), and unconditional life-acceptance (ULA) which makes it superior to CBT and other therapies.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

  1. USA, unconditional self-acceptance.
  2. UOA, unconditional other-acceptance.
  3. ULA, unconditional life-acceptance.
  • While many think that REBT is disputing demands into preferences, that is only a popular technique of REBT.
  • Stoicism and Buddhism were frequently cited by Albert Ellis (the founder and main developer of REBT) as influencing the development of REBT. And both are deeply concerned with acceptance.
  • Ellis firmly believed that the best way to help counseling clients to change was to help them to make a philosophical change.
  • In Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better, Albert Ellis first identified unconditional self-acceptance (USA), unconditional other acceptance (UOA), and unconditional life acceptance (ULA) as the three underlying principles of REBT theory and practice.

REBT Is Cognitive, Emotive, & Behavioral Therapy

“No individual—not even Freud himself—has had a greater impact on modern psychotherapy.” –R. Epstein, “The Prince of Reason,” Psychology Today, 2001

  1. As the name implies (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), any cognitive, emotive, or behavioral technique that helps a client achieve more USA, UOA, or ULA can be part of an REBT practitioner’s toolbox.
  2. Listen to tapes of Ellis doing counseling, and you will see that he often focused on USA, not demands.
  3. Read Ellis’s magnum opus, Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy, Revised and Updated, and you will see that Ellis focused on USA and self-esteem issues throughout the book.
  4. This focus on moving clients to achieve greater USA, UOA, and ULA makes REBT something other than generic CBT, which has no established or agreed upon philosophical core or focus.
  5. This same philosophy (USA, UOA, ULA) allowed Ellis to apply REBT to real-world issues such as how to achieve world peace.

REBT Materials Other than Books

  • Albert Ellis made many tapes of his counseling sessions.
  • The Albert Ellis Institute used to have a large collection of materials including audio tapes, CDs, books, pamphlets, and copies of journal articles that are no longer offered.
  • I suspect they still have them and will be willing to sell them if you contact them directly in NYC.

Albert Ellis Institute
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(Between 3rd and Lexington)
New York, NY 10016
212.535.0822 | Fax: 212.249.3582

Website: albertellis.org

Hours: Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 8:45 pm

E-mail us: info@albertellis.org


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