Albert Ellis's list of Irrational Ideas

  1. It is an absolute necessity to have love and approval from others almost all the time.
  2. You must be unfailingly competent and perfect in all you undertake.
  3. People who harm you or commit misdeeds are evil, wicked, and villainous individuals, and you should severely blame, damn, and punish them.
  4. It is horrible, terrible, or catastrophic when things do not go the way you want them to go.
  5. External events cause most human misery, and you have little ability to control your feelings or to rid yourself of depression, hostility, and similar feelings.
  6. You will find it easier to avoid facing many of life's difficulties and responsibilities than to undertake some rewarding form of self self-discipline.
  7. If something seems dangerous or fearsome, you must become preoccupied with it and upset about it.
  8. Your past remains all-important, and just because something once strongly influenced your life, it has to keep determining your feelings and behavior today.
  9. People and things should turn out better than they do, and you have to view it as awful and horrible if you do not quickly find good solutions to life's problems.
  10. You can achieve happiness by inertia and inaction or by passively and uncommitedly "Enjoying yourself."
  11. You must have a high degree of order or certainty to feel comfortable.
  12. To give yourself a global rating as a human, and your general worth and self-acceptance depend upon the goodness of your performance and the degree that people approve of you.
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