Understanding Psychological Health: The REBT Perspective

Understanding Psychological Health: The REBT Perspective

Understanding Psychological Health: The REBT Perspective

Understanding Psychological Health: The REBT Perspective

Synopsis

This book draws on Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) - which focuses on resolving emotional and behavioural problems and disturbances and enables people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives - to provide an understanding of psychological health. Each chapter looks at an important aspect of psychological health and then discusses it in relation to the REBT approach.

Divided into two parts the book looks first at how people can remain psychologically healthy in the face of adversity and then goes on to discuss how these healthy philosophies underpin certain key areas of psychological health. As such, topics of discussion include:

  • flexibility
  • acceptance
  • self-motivation
  • resilience.

Understanding Psychological Healthwill be of great interest to all therapists in both practice and training.

Excerpt

This book follows up and complements my previous book for Routledge entitled Understanding Emotional Problems: The REBT Perspective (Dryden, 2009a). In each chapter, I will consider an important ingredient of psychological health and will discuss the salient issues from an REBT perspective. This is the first book on understanding psychological health written from an REBT perspective and as such it is unique. The book is divided into two parts.

The first part of the book will be devoted to how people can remain psychologically healthy in the face of adversity. I will outline REBT’s well-known position on rational beliefs, but couch this in the form of healthy rational philosophies that underpin constructive action and subsequent realistic thinking.

In the second part of the book, I will discuss how these healthy rational philosophies underpin certain key areas of psychological health. Throughout this part of the book I will stress a realistic, rather than an ideal view of psychological health and I will thus end each chapter with what I call a realistic rational credo for each area. Since some readers may only consult certain rather than all chapters, I end each chapter with the same brief discussion of the credo in question.

Windy Dryden London and Eastbourne July, 2010 . . .

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