Many patients have difficulty recognizing their own emotions. The aim of the ABC framework of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is to help patients identify the emotions (the C) connected to dysfunctional thoughts (B) in critical situations and inferences (the A). Today, new audiovisual recording techniques can provide patients with a “mirror”, where they can view their own emotions and way of thinking. A videotape of a patient’s face during the session and the subsequent analysis of emotional sequences can help patients gain awareness of their emotions. In this case, they do not use their self-reflective abilities, related to the limbic system, that are frequently impaired in patients affected by psychopathologies. Instead, patients use their automatic and intuitive abilities related to the Mirror Neurons system that are usually used to understand the thoughts and emotions of others. In this paper, we describe the application to the ABC framework of REBT to a new video-based protocol based on this theoretical perspective: the self-mirroring technique. We record patients while they are recalling an emotionally significant episode of their life. Immediately after, we record their faces while they are looking at their own image on the screen. Then, we show them the effects of seeing their own emotions in action. The aim is to improve patients’ ability to recognize their own emotions.

The Clinical Implications and Neurophysiological Background of Useing Self-Mirroring Technique to Enhance the Identification of Emotional Experiences: An Example with Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy / Vinai, P.; Speciale, M.; Vinai, L.; Vinai, P.; Bruno, C.; Ambrosecchia, M.; Ardizzi, M.; Lackey, S.; Ruggiero, G. M.; Gallese, V.. - In: JOURNAL OF RATIONAL-EMOTIVE AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOR THERAPY. - ISSN 0894-9085. - 33:2(2015), pp. 115-133. [10.1007/s10942-015-0205-z]

The Clinical Implications and Neurophysiological Background of Useing Self-Mirroring Technique to Enhance the Identification of Emotional Experiences: An Example with Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Ambrosecchia M.;Ardizzi M.;Gallese V.
2015

Abstract

Many patients have difficulty recognizing their own emotions. The aim of the ABC framework of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is to help patients identify the emotions (the C) connected to dysfunctional thoughts (B) in critical situations and inferences (the A). Today, new audiovisual recording techniques can provide patients with a “mirror”, where they can view their own emotions and way of thinking. A videotape of a patient’s face during the session and the subsequent analysis of emotional sequences can help patients gain awareness of their emotions. In this case, they do not use their self-reflective abilities, related to the limbic system, that are frequently impaired in patients affected by psychopathologies. Instead, patients use their automatic and intuitive abilities related to the Mirror Neurons system that are usually used to understand the thoughts and emotions of others. In this paper, we describe the application to the ABC framework of REBT to a new video-based protocol based on this theoretical perspective: the self-mirroring technique. We record patients while they are recalling an emotionally significant episode of their life. Immediately after, we record their faces while they are looking at their own image on the screen. Then, we show them the effects of seeing their own emotions in action. The aim is to improve patients’ ability to recognize their own emotions.
The Clinical Implications and Neurophysiological Background of Useing Self-Mirroring Technique to Enhance the Identification of Emotional Experiences: An Example with Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy / Vinai, P.; Speciale, M.; Vinai, L.; Vinai, P.; Bruno, C.; Ambrosecchia, M.; Ardizzi, M.; Lackey, S.; Ruggiero, G. M.; Gallese, V.. - In: JOURNAL OF RATIONAL-EMOTIVE AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOR THERAPY. - ISSN 0894-9085. - 33:2(2015), pp. 115-133. [10.1007/s10942-015-0205-z]
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