The ABC’s of Dealing with Irrational Behavior

Irrational behavior is never fun to deal with. Unfortunately, it can come from all different directions. Could be a friend, an employee, a family member, heck…it could even be you! The key is to know not only how to deal with it, but how to prevent it.

Albert Ellis, a noted psychologist from the late 50’s and early 60’s proposes that each of us hold a unique set of assumptions about ourselves and our world that serve to guide us through life and determine our reactions to the various situations we encounter. That unique set of assumptions might be irrational or partially irrational.

There’s a thee step model for addressing irrational behavior and it’s called the ABC Technique of Irrational Beliefs. The first three steps “analyze the process” of how a person has developed irrational beliefs.

Watch the video now and discover the ABC’s of dealing with irrational behavior. This process is recorded in a three-column table.

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  1. Christina Martel
    April 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Yoiur videos are great. I always learn from them. Thanks! Keep them coming.
    Christina Martel
    PS: OMG . . . I’m completely irratonal.

  2. Peter Mehit
    April 7, 2019 at 12:28 am

    John, having been a consumer of psychological services, in particular I spent a several year period working RBET therapy, I wonder if you think it wise as a coach to bring psychological methodology into business consulting or coaching.

    One of the reasons that the therapy world moved on from Ellis was that RBT ABC analysis was not particularly helpful in uncovering self deceit or lying. Do you worry, as a business coach, that you will unearth issues that are better handled by a psychologist than a coach?

    Please note that I say this as a consultant who has literally referred clients to mental health professionals.

    • John
      April 14, 2019 at 4:45 am

      I’m with you with respect to referring psychological issues to professionals. I don’t worry about uncovering issues. My role as a coach is to move my clients forward and uncovering issues is a component. I fully realize that I am not always the “right” resource to solve the issue. When the issue is beyond my skill set and it is usually apparent fairly quickly. I guide my clients to other more appropriate resources. Lying to me can get the client through another session or two but it won’t move them forward. And if I can’t move them forward I know a different course of action is required.

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