Irrational beliefs, attitudes about competition, and splitting
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 57, Issue 3, pages 343–354, March 2001
How to Cite
Watson, P.J., Morris, R. J. and Miller, L. (2001), Irrational beliefs, attitudes about competition, and splitting. J. Clin. Psychol., 57: 343–354. doi: 10.1002/jclp.1016
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2001
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2001
Rational–Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) theoretically promotes actualization of both individualistic and social-oriented potentials. In a test of this assumption, the Belief Scale and subscales from the Survey of Personal Beliefs served as measures of what REBT presumes to be pathogenic irrationalities. These measures were correlated with the Hypercompetitive Attitude Scale (HCAS), the Personal Development Competitive Attitude Scale (PDCAS), factors from the Splitting Index, and self-esteem. Results for the HCAS and Self-Splitting supported the REBT claim about individualistic self-actualization. Mostly nonsignificant and a few counterintuitive linkages were observed for irrational beliefs with the PDCAS, Family-Splitting, and Other-Splitting, and these data suggested that REBT may be less successful in capturing the “rationality” of a social-oriented self-actualization. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol 57: 343–354, 2001.