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Hank Robb - Disputing Your B's Not Your T's.

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Dr. Hank Robb explains to dispute beliefs and not your thoughts at the SMART Recovery Annual Conference in Cincinnati.

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Hank Robb - Disputing Your B's Not Your T's.

  1. 1. Annual Conference Welcome!
  2. 2. Disputing Your “B’s” Not Your “T’s” Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP Annual SMART Recovery Conference 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. 3. A-B-C’s of REBT A is the “Activating Event” (often “Adversity”) B is what you are “Believing” ABOUT your A C is the Emotional, Behavioral or Cognitive “Consequence” you experience about A BECAUSE of your B about A.
  4. 4. Did you see a “T” in that A-B-C? Maybe, but it would have been at “C.” It might have been one of those “Cognitive Consequences.” However, in REBT we focus on the importance of what people are BELIEVING (that’s “B”) rather than what they thinking (that’s “T”)
  5. 5. Believing verses Thinking Think this thought: “I am a banana.” Do you BELIEVE that thought?
  6. 6. Believing verses Thinking There seems to be a difference between what we think And what we BELIEVE
  7. 7. And, when it comes to THOUGHTS, the important REBT question is not what thought you are thinking but what thought you are BELIEVING
  8. 8. A-B-C’s of REBT (A Thought Experiment) Suppose: A = You get something you don’t want or don’t get something you do want. B = You BELIEVE BOTH “this is something I don’t like” and “this MUST NOT” happen. How would you likely feel, act and think?
  9. 9. All or None verses More or Less When analyzing what we are believing, it is more useful to ask if we are believing it strongly or lightly rather than asking if we are believing it totally or not at all.
  10. 10. All or None verses More or Less Believing something strongly simply means you are taking it VERY SERIOUSLY while believing something lightly means not taking it VERY SERIOUSLY even if you are still experiencing it.
  11. 11. A-B-C’s of REBT (A Thought Experiment) Suppose: A = You get something you don’t want or don’t get something do you want. B = You BELIEVE BOTH “this is something I don’t like” and “this MUST NOT” happen. you believe one lightly and the other strongly. How would you likely feel, act and think?
  12. 12. A-B-C’s of REBT Disputing what you are believing can mean working hard not to take certain thoughts, images, feelings and urges (i.e. action tendencies) VERY SERIOUSLY rather than trying get rid of them. That is what it can mean to “dispute your B’s” rather than “dispute your T’s” or any other experience that shows up at “C.”
  13. 13. A-B-C’s of REBT And when would we not take certain feeling “C’s”, thought “C’s,” image “C’s” or urge “C’s” VERY SERIOUSLY? When doing so interferes with living the life we are most deeply interested in living.
  14. 14. EYES ON THE PRIZE Would you rather be “right” in your life Or would you rather be effective in your life?
  15. 15. If you want to be EFFECTIVE focus on believing (i.e. taking seriously) thoughts, images, feelings and urges that increase effectiveness rather than believing thoughts, images, feelings and urges that reduce effectiveness. EYES ON THE PRIZE!
  16. 16. Do this and you won’t be disputing your thoughts, images, feelings or urges to behave. You’ll be disputing your BELIEFS!
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  18. 18. 2015 Sponsors Thank you!

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