The role of Greek philosophy in REBT coaching:
A theoretical suggestion for a forceful-rational-coping-self-statements approach through Greek philosophical quotations
Chrysoula Kostogiannis (Ph.D., RECBT)
Hellenic Institute of RE&CBT, Athens, Greece
Demetris Katsikis (Ph. D., RECBT)
Hellenic Institute for RE&CBT, Athens, Greece
According to REBT Life Coaching 21-step process proposed by Dryden, a life coach is “…to help the coachee identify, pursue and ultimately achieve her personal life objectives…”. In achieving personal life goals, the coachee has to follow a classic empirical, logical and pragmatic REBT questioning process after she has made a coaching commitment. Focusing at the heart of this process, the purpose of this poster is to promote further a theoretical suggestion for the practical use of ancient Greek quotations during Rational Emotive Coaching through a forceful-rational-coping self-statements approach. This process is traditionally used successfully with children under 9 years old of age because of their normal cognitive deficits and it is sensibly proposed that it would be an alternative coaching and motivational strategy for candidate coachees too because it entails a practical and generic self-motivational method to endorse initial rational alternatives. Specifically, this poster promotes the idea that Greek philosophy quotations can be used as rational coping self-statements and rational mottos, under empirical, logical and pragmatic scrutiny, for further goal achievement in an individual or/and group REBT life coaching context. This strategy might offer a new alternative to Dryden’s life coaching model and enriches the array of tools that a REBT coach (and therapist, likely) flexibly uses during disputational coach work. An initial rationale is proposed for the appropriate use of specific quotations of key Greek philosophers in a REBT coaching setting. Further suggestions include initial efforts to make theoretical connections between ancient Greek quotations with specific rational and irrational beliefs while ideas for programmatic research are offered.