Unconditional Acceptance

In 1955, Albert Ellis pioneered REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy), an early CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy).

His premise is based on unconditional acceptance, of everything: unconditional self-acceptance, unconditional other acceptance, and unconditional life acceptance.

In unconditional self-acceptance (USA) you accept that you are a fallible human being.  Your behaviour is either helpful, or unhelpful, not good or bad.

In unconditional other acceptance, other people’s behaviour, in a similar way, is either helpful or unhelpful.  You unconditionally accept others, warts and all. This will help you relate to even the most difficult friends, relatives, and strangers.

In unconditional life acceptance, you accept all of life’s hassles, frustrations, and angst.  You accept that you will be able to solve life’s problems perhaps only partially or not at all (frustration tolerance).

REBT is all about ACCEPTANCE.  Acceptance of yourself, acceptance of others, and acceptance of what can be harsh reality.

All this takes patience, practice, and persistence.

Stay tuned for a review of a different kind of therapy called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). I will be reviewing a book by Russ Harris called “The Happiness Trap.”

If you want to learn more about REBT, Google REBT or try

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