chapter  4
6 Pages

Thinking and intervening related to `A'

Typically `A' in the `ABC' framework of REBT stands for activating event. But what does the term `activating event' mean? If we take the term `activating' ®rst, it is clear that something is serving as the `activator' and that something is being activated. It is perhaps easier to deal with the latter question ®rst. When we are thinking about an episode of emotional disturbance, what are being activated are the irrational beliefs at `B' that underpin the emotional disturbance at `C'. I will discuss these irrational beliefs presently.