Tag Archive: Albert Ellis

Mar 18 2016

Exploring the Relationship Between Cognitive Distortions and PTSD (The Robot Suit and The Dinosaur Suit)

Cognitive psychologists examine how PTSD arises from stressful thoughts while somatic psychologists focus on how PTSD arises from the body’s stress responses. I think that stress is being generated much of the time by both and they should be treated together. This article is an exploration of the relationship between cognitive distortions (The “Robot Suit”) …

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Feb 10 2014

REBT and The Work of Byron Katie – A Comparison

(Guru Analytics Article 2) The Work of Byron Katie and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (a cognitive therapy developed by Albert Ellis) have many similarities. Since I have been both a student of The Work and a group leader for SMART Recovery, a recovery group that uses REBT to help people overcome addictive behaviors, in this …

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Oct 23 2012

When Flash Rage and Rageaholism Happen Simultaneously

In the two previous blog posts I discussed flash rage and rageaholism. Flash rages occur due to anger that is like residue trapped within the nervous system from a highly impactful traumatic event, information that has yet to be processed successfully by the nervous system. It can come out suddenly because the nervous system is …

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Oct 21 2012

Are You Part Rageaholic? All About Rageaholism and PTSD

The definition of rageaholic is, “a person who gets excited by expressing rage; a person prone to extreme anger with little or no provocation” (Dictionary.com). This is a rather underdeveloped definition. On the Wikipedia page there are more details, mainly focusing on developing self-control and anger management skills. But what is going on underneath? Eliminating …

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Oct 08 2012

Flash Rage – Anger After Trauma is a Sign of Healing

What is anger? How can those recovering from trauma use anger proactively as part of the healing process? How can we distinguish between anger related to developmental challenges (for example anger due to abandonment as a child), versus anger lodged in the nervous system after an impactful traumatic event (“fight response”, “flash rage”), versus anger …

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