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Introduction

Thissectionof173rationalinquiriesisanuts-and-bolts,"handson"listingdesignedasaconvenientreferencesourceforidentifyingquestionsthatwillincreasethechancesofpromptinghelpful goal-directedresponsesfromclients.Acentralpremiseofcognitive-behaviortherapyisthatindividualsbringthemselvestotheir emotionsandbehaviorsbyhowtheythink.Eachquestionposedin thissectionexaminessomeofthethoughts,feelings,andbehaviors itisintendedtoprompt.Eachinitsownwayhasthepotentialfor theclienttopiggybackoffintothoughts,feelings,andbehaviors thatwouldbemoreinhis/herbestinterest,thushelpingtopavethe waytowardmorelong-rangehappiness.Clientsseldomconformto theidealandratherthanmarktimeintheproblem-solvinginterviewprocess,oneofthesequestionscanbeinterjectedtokeepthe problem-solvingfocusmovingalong.Therapeuticefficiencycanbe maintainedbyextendingtheproblem-solvingintentincallingupon rationalquestions.Thegoalofeachinquiryistogetatthejugular veinofclients'emotionaldisturbancesquickerandtomorereadily andthoroughlyassisttheclientincorrectingtheseupsets.Ideally,in timeclientswillbeabletobecometheirownbesttherapistsby confrontingthemselveswiththeseveryquestionsthatthecounselor hasusedtohelpthemtohelpthemselves.Theonlydistinction wouldbethatclientswouldsubstitute"I,""my,"or"me"for "you"or"your"intheirself-questioningconfrontations,e.g., "HowwillIhandletheproblemsituationthenexttimeitcomes up?""HowdoIkeepmyselffromachievingmygoals?""What wouldbeagoodhomeworkassignmentformetoworkonmy problem?"Byansweringtheirownquestionsindividualscanexposetheirownsolutions.