Saturday, April 12, 2014

Is stress created by your habitual thoughts? If so, can be diminish the amount of stress that we deal with everyday? How would you present this concept to a client and what would be your treatment plan following this premise?

          Dr. Albert Ellis was an influential thinker and created the rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) (Ellis, 2006). His work contributed to how individuals can moderate stress. Yes, stress is indeed created by habitual thoughts, and the stress that one currently suffers from may be a result of habitual patterns of thought that are a result of previous experiences. One's perceptions are one of the main reasons individuals suffer from stress; therefore, changing past, present, and future perceptions can alleviate some stress; however, it is impossible to eliminate stress completely. One must can his or her habitual reactions to stress by changing their perceptions; which, results in reducing stress. Ultimately, one will see a diminishment of everyday stress.    
           As for presenting the concept to a client; I would first provide and understanding of stress, habitual thoughts, and perceptions. Then I would explain how habitual thoughts and past, present, and future perceptions contribute to the occurrence of certain forms of stress. My treatment plan be or follow along the lines of Dr. Ellis' REBT, and have a client implement stress reducing techniques. This of course all may change as I continue my study of psychology and become a psychologist myself.  
Torburn, L. (2008). Stop the Stress Habit: Change Your Perceptions and Improve Your Health. Bloomington, ID: iUniverse.
Ellis, A. (2006). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy And the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training of Jon Kabat-Zinn.
 Journal of Rational - Emotive & Cognitive - Behavior Therapy, 24(1), 63-78. doi:

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