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Irrational beliefs and unconditional self-acceptance. II. Experimental evidence linking two key features of REBT

Davies, Martin F.. 2008. Irrational beliefs and unconditional self-acceptance. II. Experimental evidence linking two key features of REBT. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 26(2), pp. 89-101. ISSN 0894-9085 [Article]

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In a test of two key features of REBT, causal relationships between irrational beliefs and unconditional self-acceptance were experimentally investigated in a sample of 106 non-clinical participants using a priming technique. Priming participants with statements of irrational belief resulted in a decrease in unconditional self-acceptance whereas priming participants with statements of rational belief resulted in an increase in unconditional self-acceptance. In contrast, priming participants with statements about unconditional self-acceptance did not result in an increase in rational thinking and priming participants with statements about conditional self-acceptance did not result in an increase in irrational thinking. The present study is the first to provide evidence of a causal link between rational/irrational thinking and unconditional/conditional self-acceptance. The findings have important implications for the core hypothesis of REBT and underscore the advantages of experimental over correlational studies in theory-testing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Priming; Irrational Beliefs; REBT; Self-Acceptance; Self-Esteem
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Psychology
Item ID: 2
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008 08:22
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2014 19:13
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2

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