RET has two main goals: First, to help people see and correct their dogmatic, absolutistic
attitudes and dysfunctional feelings and behaviors and to make themselves, as Korzybski called it, subject to greater sanity.
Advertising practices accustom us to absolutistic patterns.
One of the most problematical of the absolutistic words is the word all.
The so-called "idea of progress" is not in itself absolutistic, but many people jump to the conclusion that the goal of progress must be "perfection" and thus are turned off from it, whereas progress in its natural contexts refers to continual melioration.
The absolutistic orientation is the underpinning of the fanaticisms that lead to terrorism and war.
First, it steers away from the absolutistic
affirmation of dogmatic and exclusivistic Christianity, which fails to see that its interpretation and comprehension of the Bible is only one point of view and also fails to see that its exclusive claim - that there is no salvation outside a personal experience of, and relationship with, Jesus Christ - is only one of the many ways to salvation.
D refers to the despair we feel in falling short of attaining these absolutistic goals.
People can become increasingly more organized, but the absolutistic 'being organized' will continue to elude and frustrate them.
For example, I can change absolutistic
demands, such as "I
Instead, flexible values and principles result whereby we can encompass more of the complexities of human life than allowed by absolutistic approaches to ethics.
This kind of uncritical inference provides the basis for many forms of absolutistic ethics.
Are the common modes of perceptual and conceptual distortions, such as personalizing and overgeneralizing, significantly increased when depressed individuals subscribe to absolutistic