Journal of Rational Emotive Therapy

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 11–19 | Cite as

Components of rational-emotive imagery: Two experiments with nonassertive students

  • Geoffrey L. Thorpe
  • Eric G. Freedman
  • David W. McGalliard


Unassertive students took part in two experiments to assess the contributions of emotional and cognitive rehearsal procedures in rational-emotive imagery. In each study participants received analogue treatment in groups, which met twice for one and a half hours. In Experiment 1 behavior rehearsal (BR) was more effective than emotional rehearsal (ER, which involved tryping to attenuate unwanted feelings in fantasy) and cognitive rehearsal (CR, which involved examining negative, and rehearsing helpful, self-statements) as assessed by a self-report measure of assertiveness. In Experiment 2 combinations of Experiment 1 procedures were tested in a factorial design. On a behavioral test, BR proved more effective than the treatment combinations, but on questionnaire measures of social anxiety and irrational beliefs rational-emotive imagery (the combination of CR with ER) was superior to the other treatment conditions. Results are encouraging in that rational-emotive imagery was more successful than either component in isolation, even within the limits of a brief analogue study. Further clinical trials are needed.


Clinical Trial Study Participant Treatment Condition Factorial Design Treatment Combination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey L. Thorpe
    • 1
  • Eric G. Freedman
    • 1
  • David W. McGalliard
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Maine at OronoOrono
  2. 2.Community Health and Counseling ServicesBangor

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