• Deric Hollings

The ABC Model

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When practicing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) I teach clients about how their minds impact their emotions, body, and behavior. This lesson includes elements relating to personal ownership.


To demonstrate the relationship between mental, emotional, bodily, and behavioral processes, REBT uses the ABC Model, which is framed as follows:


(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).


The beliefs with which we disturb ourselves generally present in some form of should, must, or ought-type narrative. I refer to these prescriptions of the world as demanding statements.


REBT maintains that rather than an A-C connection we disturb ourselves with beliefs—B-C connection. If we convince ourselves of irrational beliefs which may lead to needless suffering, we can in turn dispute this nonsense in order to improve our lives.


In the current blog entry, I won’t get into the nuances of how disputation of this information works. If you would like more in-depth understanding about my approach to REBT disputing, I invite you to review blog entries listed under the Disputation portion of my blog.


In general, I like to think of the ABC Model as a formula:


Action + Belief = Consequence ÷ Disputation = Effective new belief


or


A+B=C÷D=E


I use the ABC Model in both my personal and professional life, as this method is useful for virtually any issue one may face. A simple technique that takes some effort and a bit of discomfort to employ, perhaps you may also find that the ABC Model can benefit your life.


If you’re looking for a provider who works to help you understand how thinking impacts physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral elements of your life, I invite you to reach out today by using the contact widget on my website.


As a psychotherapist, I’m pleased to help people with an assortment of issues ranging from anger (hostility, rage, and aggression) to relational issues, adjustment matters, trauma experience, justice involvement, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, and other mood or personality-related matters.


At Hollings Therapy, LLC, serving all of Texas, I aim to treat clients with dignity and respect while offering a multi-lensed approach to the practice of psychotherapy and life coaching. My mission includes: Prioritizing the cognitive and emotive needs of clients, an overall reduction in client suffering, and supporting sustainable growth for the clients I serve. Rather than simply helping you to feel better, I want to help you get better!



Deric Hollings, LPC, LCSW


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