Emotional ABCs

The ABC model of emotion, widespread in contemporary psychotherapy, holds that it is not an activating (A) event, such as rejection by a friend or lover, that causes you emotional consequences (C) such as depression; rather, the linchpin is your invisible beliefs (B) about the event that come in between A and C. Fortunately, it's often easier to intentionally change beliefs than emotions.

Since at least the time of the ancient Stoics, some have believed that our circumstances don't control whether we're happy, but our thoughts about them. Our reasoned thoughts and beliefs form a kind of buffer between reality nd our private selves—in theory. In practice, our thoughts often don't buffer us from events we don't like so much as amplify those experiences, causing us emotional turmoil and suffering. In fact, our thoughts can be so irrational and so removed from reality that they often make us suffer, even when nothing is objectively wrong.


ABC model of emotion relates to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in recognizing how our beliefs affect our emotional responses.

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 Mind Performance Hacks
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Hale-Evans, Ron (2006-02-06), Mind Performance Hacks, O'Reilly Media, Inc., Retrieved on 2013-12-29
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    19 DEC 2013

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