Bangkok Hypnosis

Irrationalities Related to Low Frustration Tolerance or Short- Range Hedonism

Posted by Sun on August 20, 2011

Strong insistence on going mainly or only for the pleasures of the moment instead of those of the present and future 
Obsession with immediate gratifications, whatever the costs Whining and strongly pitying oneself when one finds it
necessary to surrender short-range pleasures for other gains Ignoring the dangers inherent in going for immediate pleasures
Striving for ease and comfort rather than for greater satisfactions that require some temporary discomfort
Refusing to work against a harmful addiction because of the immediate discomfort of giving it up
Refusing to continue with a beneficial or satisfying program of activity because one views its onerous aspects as too hard and devoutly believes that they should not exist
Chomping at the bit impatiently when one has to wait for or work for a satisfying condition to occur
Procrastinating about doing activities that one knows would turn out beneficially and that one has promised oneself to do
Significantly consuming a scarce commodity that one knows one will very much want in the future

From The Albert Ellis reader

High frustration tolerance (HFT) vs low frustration tolerance (LFT): High frustration tolerance beliefs are rational in the sense that they are again primarily flexible and not grossly exaggerated. These beliefs are expressed in their full form, thus: ‘Failing my driving test would be difficult to tolerate, but I could stand it’. The stronger a person’s unmet preference, the more difficult it would be for her to tolerate this situation, but if she holds an HFT belief it would still be tolerable. In this sense, an HFT belief is consistent with reality. It is also logical since it again makes sense in the context of the person’s preference. Finally, like a preference and an antiawfulizing belief, it is constructive since it will help the person take effective action if the negative event that is being faced can be changed and it will encourage the person to make a healthy adjustment if the situation cannot be changed.

Low frustration tolerance beliefs, on the other hand, are irrational in the sense that they are first and foremost grossly exaggerated. They are couched in such statements as ‘I can’t stand it. ‘I can’t bear it., ‘It’s intolerable. When a person has a low frustration tolerance belief, she means one of two things: (i) she will disintegrate or (ii) she will never experience any happiness again. Since these two statements are obviously untrue, an LFT belief is inconsistent with reality. It is also illogical since it is a nonsensical conclusion from the person’s implicit rational belief (e.g. ‘Because it would be very bad if I failed my driving test, I couldn’t stand it if I did fail’). Finally, like musts and awfulizing beliefs, it is unconstructive since it will interfere with the person taking effective action if the negative event that the person is facing can be changed and it will stop the person from making a healthy adjustment if the situation cannot be changed.

From Brief Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy by Windy Dryden



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