The Distinction Between Quantitative and Qualitative Dimensions of Emotions: Clinical Implications

  • Wouter BackxEmail author
Original Article


REBT theoreticians and practitioners describe two sets of emotions (and behaviors) as a reaction to adversity, whether these are functional or dysfunctional. This article deals with the ways in which REBT practitioners and theoreticians interpret these two sets of reactions, using either a quantitative or qualitative method. It favors the qualitative approach and illustrates it with a graphical representation of the two sets. The use of graphs turns out to be particularly useful for explaining certain phenomena to clients and for teaching novice practitioners. It also provides a framework for establishing an effective new thought or rational belief.


Binary models of distress Graphical representation of emotions Formulating the effective new thoughts Dysfunctional emotions Emotional indifference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituut voor RETHaarlemThe Netherlands

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