Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Bridges, K. R. and Harnish, R. J. 2010. Irrational Beliefs. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Irrational beliefs are rigid, inaccurate, or illogical beliefs that are used to interpret external events. They are self-defeating, unconditional, inconsistent with reality, and unlikely to find empirical support. Conversely, rational beliefs are logical, flexible, and consistent with reality. If a person holds irrational beliefs, negative life events—inevitable in everyone's life—will result in inappropriate negative emotions and dysfunctional behaviors. Irrational beliefs also play a role as predisposing or causal factors in a number of behavior disorders.
- irrational beliefs;
- Albert Ellis;
- Aaron Beck;
- rational emotive therapy/rational emotive-behavioral therapy;
- cognitive therapy/cognitive behavioral therapy