In this excerpt, Dr. Ellis is explaining the connection between one’s beliefs and emotional consequences, which is also referred to as the “B-C” connection. It is what we tell ourselves about events that will lead to either an unhealthy emotion or a healthy emotion. Moreover, an individual’s emotional reaction can change instantly when their beliefs regarding the event changes. Thus, individuals may have different reactions to the same situation, due to their unique philosophy and beliefs. Even though one may experience numerous events that shape their life philosophy, it is also in one’s control to change these beliefs and their resulting emotional reaction.
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