Practicing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), I like to think that I have belief-disputing efficiency (B.D.E.). This is in association with the ABC Model:
(A)ction – What occurred
(B)elief – What you told yourself about (A) that resulted in (C)
(C)onsequence – What you felt (emotion or bodily sensation) about what happened and what you did (behavior)
(D)isputation – How you might challenge (D) what you told yourself (B), which led to (C)
(E)ffective new belief – What (E)ffective new beliefs you can tell yourself rather than using unhelpful or unhealthy narratives (B)
People tend to think in terms of an Action-Consequence connection. This misunderstood matter of causation implies that beCAUSE an event occurs (A), the resulting emotions, bodily sensations, or behaviors (C) are directly attributed to the occurrence.
However, the ABC Model maintains that there is a Belief-Consequence connection that better explains why we respond in a particular fashion. In this sequential order, an action (A) occurs, we believe (B) something about it, and that belief is what CAUSES the consequence (C).
In order to change how we respond, we can alter our self-disturbing belief. This is done through use of disputation. Of note, we don’t dispute the action or consequence, though only the belief that generates the consequence.
The more a person practices disputation, the more efficient one becomes at performing the REBT method. As I practice REBT daily in both my personal and professional life, I have B.D.E.
Would you like to increase your level of B.D.E., as well? I may be able to help.
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