When people reject the ABCs of Emotions, they prove those ABCs are Correct

When people reject the ABCs of Emotions, they prove those ABCs are Correct

Sometimes when therapists teach their clients that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors (the ABC model), the clients do not believe them.  Because they reject the ABC model, they then reject cognitive-behavioral therapy.  However, their rejection proves the ABC model is correct.

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When people correctly believe the ABC model to be correct, they then are willing to learn more about cognitive-behavioral therapy and rational self-counseling.

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Notice that the only thing different between the two cartoons is the way the client thinks.   In each case, his thinking caused him to act accordingly.

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