Rational Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, or REBT, is a style of short-term cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that was developed in the 1950s by a doctor named Albert Ellis
Ellis trained as a clinical psychologist but found the options for treating his patients lacking. His dissatisfaction with the results he was seeing drove him to develop his own brand of therapy that emphasized action instead of talk. And that part alone makes it so valuable. We are talking here about presenting runners tools… so there needs to be the skill of doing. Involvement
A Brief Look at the Theory
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is based on the idea that it is not the things that happen to us that cause our problems—it is our thoughts and thinking patterns that lead to the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues that challenge us (Dryden, David, & Ellis, 2010).
This idea is captured in the ABC framework:
A – the activating event or adversity (I am struggling to run 10K)
B – our beliefs about the event, ourselves, and the world in general ) (how will I ever run a marathon)
C – the consequences of our emotions and behaviors (let me never go and find out)
Ellis believed that far too much emphasis was placed on the activating events and that most of the consequences were actually determined by our beliefs.
This was a significant shift from the prevailing ideas of the day, and it gave new hope to clients who were frustrated with their lack of results from traditional therapy; after all, if our beliefs are the real culprit rather than the events, then we have much more control over the consequences than we thought!
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy practitioners work with what they believe are two categories of cognition: hot and cold. Cold cognition refers to the way we initially think about and understand what happens to us, while hot cognitions are evaluations of our cold cognitions.
Means I struggle with a 10K – I am at a limit. That’s the cold cognition, and then we evaluate what that means. As I am obviously struggling with the 10K there is no reason to think of going further.
What does this mean for our running? Find out more, give it a listen. It will grow on you….