Irrational thinking and gym anxiety

Irrational thoughts

Albert Ellis (1957, 1962) proposes that each of us holds a unique set of assumptions about ourselves and our world, that serves to guide us through life and determine our reactions to the various situations we encounter.


Unfortunately, some people’s assumptions are largely irrational, guiding them to act and react in ways that are inappropriate and that prejudice their chances of happiness and success. Albert Ellis calls these basic irrational assumptions. Some people irrationally assume that they are failures if they are not loved by everyone they know - they constantly seek approval and repeatedly feel rejected.


According to Ellis, these are other common irrational assumptions:

• The idea that one should be thoroughly competent at everything

• The idea that is it catastrophic when things are not the way you want them to be

• The idea that people have no control over their happiness