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Curing depression and attaining peace and happiness with the ERFC - A new framework in cognitive psychology

Curing depression and attaining peace and happiness with the ERFC - A new framework in cognitive psychology

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Published by Johan Holmberg
This Event Response Flow Chart (ERFC) thesis complements earlier work by Albert Ellis (REBT), while partly criticizing work by Martin Seligman (explanatory style).
This Event Response Flow Chart (ERFC) thesis complements earlier work by Albert Ellis (REBT), while partly criticizing work by Martin Seligman (explanatory style).

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Introduction and thesis statement
According to Albert Ellis irrational beliefs sustain depression and simply that wrong thinking causes bad internalsymptoms - that faulty internal wiring causes our brains to crash (as in cause mental disorders). All you need to do isreprogram and update the mind in order to acquire improved functionality and stability (cognitive psychology andtherapy). This is what I'm pursuing and my thesis statement is the following:
The more irrational faith about reality one has, the greater the risk of getting and remaining depressed.
Therefore, I also strive to prove that:
The more rational belief about reality one has, the lesser the risk of getting and remaining depressed.
Preliminary test
Please take this small version 1.0 test and choose whichever alternative you'd be likelier to pick.Even if you aren’t in or haven’t experienced these situations, simulate and imagine them accordingly.1.A. My poor financial statement makes me feel anxious.B. I get anxious when I think about my poor financial situation.2.A. I nailed a test because the answers came naturally and intuitively to me.B. I nailed a test because I study and ponder about the subject to a great extent.3.A. I ignore the fact that having to walk in a blizzard makes me feel cold and wet.B. When I have to walk in a blizzard, I think about the coldness and wetness of it.4.A. I won the lottery out of pure chance.B. I won the lottery thanks to the lucky amulet I bought beforehand.5.A. It is problematic to finish an assignment that is beyond my ability.B. It is challenging to finish an assignment that is beyond my ability.6.A. I was promoted because my boss resigned from his position.B. I was promoted because I was the best candidate for the empty position.7.A. I need to love in order to be happier.B. I need to be loved in order to be happier.8.A. The movie I saw turned out to be good according to my taste.B. The movie I was eagerly waiting to see, turned out to be exactly as good as I hoped.9.A. I yell at my children because they haven't finished their homework.B. I yell at my children whenever they haven't finished their homework.10.A. My physical health is unusually poor, and I ponder why that is.B. I exercise more, since I noticed my physical health is unusually poor.11.A. I do my best at running for a community office position I want, but I lose. I am relieved.B. I do my best at running for a community office position I want, but I lose. It is hard to accept.12.A. I feel great about my excellent health.B. I didn't get sick even though I was exposed.13.A. My business failed because I didn't learn how to make it successful while I ran it.B. My business failed because I didn't know how to make it successful before I founded it.
 
14.A. A stranger calls me an idiot without reason, and I quickly forget the incident.B. I keep thinking about the incident, even though there was no reason for calling me an idiot.15.A. I lose my temper when I have to walk to work in a storm.B. Walking to work in a storm causes me to lose my temper.16.A. My favorite team lost a game, and I start to reason why.B. As soon as the game my favorite team lost is over, my mind wanders off to other issues.17.A. I'm slim and healthy because I care about being slim and healthy.B. I thank my good genes for being slim and healthy.18.A. My poor shot was caused by the lack of concentration on aiming.B. My poor shot was caused by the lack of ability to adjust the aim properly.19.A. My business is successful due to the great product and its high demand.B. My business is thriving thanks to my own all-round knowledge in entrepreneurship.20.A. I get sad when a controversial relationship ends.B. I am satisfied whenever a controversial relationship ends.21.A. I enjoyed the good weather on my holiday.B. The weather was good on my holiday - just as I had expected it to be.The answers will be examined once you've familiarized yourself with the flow chart.
Introducing the Event Response Flow Chart (ERFC)
The flow chart on the following page strives to be a ubiquitous tool capable of diagnosing
any
patient with
any
 problem, and it automatically presents the necessary solution. It will help the user in realizing what the correctdestination (response) to any event truly is, as well as explain how unnecessary symptoms e.g. (DSM-III-R related)are the direct result of incorrect event responses (you linger in the wrong destination).The most notable edge on this flow chart is not only that it explains how you should or shouldn't
think 
about anyevent one can think of and experience, but also what you should or shouldn't
do
in any event one can think of andexperience. Both need to be carefully examined to ultimately
 get/have
more good events and less bad events*. Thus,with the use of the chart you will be able to personally create and increase the permanence and prevalence of goodevents and personally eliminate and decrease the permanence and prevalence of bad events. The nature of realitydictates which events are caused internally and which events are caused externally, but a human being dictateswhich events are good and which events are bad.In other words, one has to identify and acknowledge the incorrect line of thought that keeps people trapped insuffrage, incapable of finding the correct line of thought that presents the solution. After this, it's up to each personto change their response (thought, act or lack thereof) to the alternative, which without exceptions leads to more positive results in life. This is where different methods of persuasion and conviction take over the spotlight in order to help the patient to elicit the required change. I will not go into this detail in this paper, but it is nevertheless anundeniably crucial element.*This is why the BE - DO - HAVE paradigm works wonders with its infallibility [1].
 
I don't see increasing optimism and decreasing pessimism as the most effective starting point or notion in improving people's overall well being. Optimism and pessimism are merely definitions that people use in measuring anddifferentiating** human beings who have more correct lines of thoughts in the flow chart compared to people whohave more incorrect lines of thoughts in the flow chart. I might be so bold as to say that positive psychology issimply "correct psychology".**Thinking about the correlation between pervasiveness and permanence in good or bad events does not guaranteeless risk of getting depressed. The measurement and notable change of pervasiveness and permanence in a patient'swords/thoughts merely loosely indicate greater or lesser incorrect lines of thoughts, but it does not present easilyunderstandable solutions to the underlying problems. Measuring the dimension of personalization provides arbitraryinformation since the whole event response system isn't taken into account.
Event Response Flow Chart (ERFC)Breaking down the test questions
Boxes 13 and 14 suggest that you neither think nor do anything in a bad, external event.Boxes 11 and 12 suggest that you don't think, but do something in a bad, internal event.Boxes 5 and 6 suggest that you thoroughly evaluate whether a bad event truly is internal or external.Boxes 1 and 2 suggest that you thoroughly evaluate whether an event truly is good or bad.Boxes 3 and 4 suggest that you thoroughly evaluate whether a good event truly is internal or external.Boxes 9 and 10 suggest that you think, but don't do anything in a good, external event.Boxes 7 and 8 suggest that you both think and do something in a good, internal event.This is the order in which we will assess which answers increase the risk of depression and which answers reducethe risk of depression. There are three questions for each of the seven cognitive and action "traps".Disclaimer: Note that the questions and assessments are meant to
illustrate how the ERFC is put to use
. Theobjective or subjective truth of a matter is sometimes purely in the mind of the beholder (quantum physics etc.).What the thinker thinks, the prover proves, as described by Robert Anton Wilson in the book "Prometheus Rising".

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