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It's Less Than 15% Bad


Albert Ellis's Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy has some extremely beneficial thought exercises to help ease anxiety and re-frame our perceptions about what to expect from reality as it really is - rather than filtered through our individual belief systems.

The clip above is actually by Dr. Jim Byrne who deviates slightly from Ellis's original theories.

REBT looks to philosophy as a starting point of rational guidance to affect subsequent change in feelings and habits of behaviour.  These ancient philosopher's irrefutable conclusions are deceptively simple.  It may not be effective in every case, but I believe many people would find more  immediate comfort to the mind through applying these techniques than months of traditional psychiatry, deconstructing real or perceived childhood trauma and blaming parents for their neuroses.

As in the case of the 15% of proportionally endurable discomfort used by Dr. Byrne, such exercises can help release us from false beliefs we might have habitually held about the nature of events in our lives.  In addition, REBT advocates a holistic self-concept that includes acceptance of our fallibilities.   This stops the cycle of self-shaming, believing our faults are ingrained, are exclusively our failing, and that they define our actual self.  


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