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TIP: Ten Irrational Ideas or Fears That Block Communication

  1. Need to be loved or approved by everyone
  2. Need to be competent in all aspects of life
  3. Differences make people bad, evil or stupid
  4. Life is awful when things are not like we want them to be.
  5. It’s easier to avoid difficulties and self-responsibilities
  6. Happiness is caused externally
  7. The past is the all important determiner of the present and future
  8. One can’t admit mistakes or ask for help
  9. One needs someone stronger to rely upon
  10. One needs to control and protect others, and focus on their needs and wants not yours.

Adapted from Albert Ellis—Rational Emotive Therapy