10am Sydney time"
Behaviour Therapy (REBT)"
Facilitator: Mr David Hewson
A therapy introduced by Albert Ellis.
It is partially based
on formulations that Korzybski put forward, e.g. that a lot of
people end up behaving irrationally due to faulty premises /
assumptions. In REBT they call these beliefs.
Hence the ABC
* A is the activating event,
* B are the beliefs about the event, and
* C are the
person’s consequences, e.g. their reactions
or as Korzybski would say, their semantic reactions
and the behaviours that follow from these.
This therapy helps
people us to recognise irrational beliefs and common emotional or
behavioural issues lsuch as irrational fear, guilt, depression,
anger, excessive need for approval, how to improve our
assertiveness, perfectionism, how to make better decisions and solve
personal problems more effectively, as well as overcoming blocks to
REBT, like GS, looks at our abstracting process
and what can go wrong with it.
Given we only have a couple of
hours, we will spend most of it on how REBT and GS relate and some
practical exercises in some of these areas.
Led by David
When: Saturday 18th September 2021 10am Sydney time.
Where: On-line, by Zoom:
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Cost: Zero, Zilch - it's free!
Contact / Details: Australian General Semantics
on-line - missing the customary hospitality of Gavan and Pauline at
but enabling us to reach
out to include our GS
friends in Canada and USA :-(.
Sharing of triumphs
and tragedies and miscellaneous yarns.
In the spirit of "applying general semantics principles" to our lives, as opposed to dwelling in theory, we considered members' accounts of observations and applications relating to the principles and formulations of our discipline.
Discussion on "REBT"
of RET talk
Warm up exercises
relevant to RET like: abstracting, identification, logical fate and
premise change, meaning not in words, maps are static and territory
* Who/what controls you?
* ABC model
of feeling and behaviour in RET
* Myths about what controls
* Take responsibility but do not blame.
Irrational thinking versus rational thinking
Irrational rules that people live by.
Event/situation, perceiving , interpretation, rating /evaluating.
Seven ways we distort our interpretation of reality:
black and white thinking,
overgeneralising, and “fact-inference confusions” (jumping to
* via: mind reading,
* personalising and
Five irrational rating distortions:
two ways of catastrophising (“it’s awful” and “I can’t stand it”),
* two ways of demanding (musts and moralising) and finally
* “people rating”.
Rational self analysis via DEF
which comes after ABC model
* D: Dispute your irrational
beliefs. Similar to Korzybski’s change your P1 assumptions method.
E: Emotions that you now feel with new beliefs, i.e. The reward for
the change in beliefs.
* F: Formulate what you will do in
the future to avoid the same old irrational thoughts and reactions.
RET problem solving via eight steps:
* Define the
problem. Be specific and remove generalities.
specific goal which if achieved would solve the problem.
Generate many alternative solution strategies.
which strategies to take further. Delete ineffective ones or those
with negative consequences.
* 5) Find any difficulties to
achieving your strategies.
* 6) Generate specific tactics
to overcome difficulties and achieve strategy.
* 7) Choose
your best tactics.
* 8) Action! Implement your tactics and
observe the results.
OK, go back to an earlier step.
This is similar to Norman’s model of: Goal => Intention (strategy)
=> Plan how (tactics) => action!
The General Theory p 8 & 9
* General Semantics Seminar 1937
Saturday 30th October 10am
Mr Brett McDonald: "Science,
Religion and the 'F' Word
Disclaimer: This "summary" is a collection of notes derived from our discussion by a number of means. It is by no means a scholarly dissertation on the subject as presented. It does not purport to be the "policy of AGS". Comment and criticism (constructive or otherwise) is welcome. If anyone has been misquoted, copyrights infringed or confidences betrayed, please
Updated by Robert James
18th September 2021