Elegance in REBT: Reflections on the Ellis and Dryden Sessions with Jane

Dryden, Windy. 2010. Elegance in REBT: Reflections on the Ellis and Dryden Sessions with Jane. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 28(3), pp. 157-163. ISSN 0894-9085 [Article]

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In this article, I reflect on the one-off sessions that Albert Ellis and I did with Jane. It is clear that Albert Ellis’s work is an example of inelegant or general REBT, while my session is an example of specific or elegant REBT. First, I speculate on the possible reasons why Ellis practised inelegant REBT is his session. Then, I critique my own work covering both what I like and dislike about my work with Jane. I conclude that while I practised elegant REBT with her, my work was
flawed in two major respects: (i) failure to target consistently Jane’s demands for change and (ii) introducing changes at A while disputing irrational beliefs at B.

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22 Nov 2011 11:04

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