Combatting Anger Thinking

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Dr. Irwin Altrows illustrates how to use rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) to stem irrational fits of anger co-occurring with depression.  Although anger responses to adverse events are often predictable and based on rational beliefs, they can easily lead to dysfunctional thinking by adding additional meaning to misfortune, which exacerbates depression in the long run.  In an REBT session, therapists encourage anger and depression sufferers to logically analyze a situation, promoting awareness of emotional consequences and thereby empowering them to develop realistic and functional thought processes.  By instilling this new paradigm of self-examination, REBT aims to prevent the “double whammy” cycle effect in which anger reinforces depression and extends suffering.

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