The ABC Technique – An Analysis

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Introduction

There are times when an employee works very hard and delivers her assignment to her superior in hope of getting praised by the latter. However, the boss finds issues with the assignment submitted by the team member and may hand it over to her without giving her the accolades she thought she deserved. The employee feels discouraged because she thinks that her boss has not praised her hard work. She makes the changes her boss asked her to do with a heavy heart. She is scared that her superior will soon fire her from the office. As a result, she feels low and her performance sinks. In such circumstances, she should follow the ABC technique. In this article, we will discuss about the ABC technique and its perception - based strategies. This technique is widely used for stress management.

History of ABC Technique

Dr. Albert Ellis, a psychologist and researcher developed the ABC technique. The model was then adapted by Dr. Martin Seligman, a professor at Pennsylvania University and former president of the American Psychological Association. In 1990, Seligman’s version was published in his book "Learned Optimism."

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