The ABCD Model

  • A = Activating event (what happened)
  • B = Beliefs and thoughts about the event (how did you perceive that event)
  • C = Consequences of holding those beliefs(how did you feel or act)
  • D = Disputing your beliefs (how can you challenge your beliefs)

Can you find the ABCDs in the following example?

Today is my 50th birthday. I've been dreading this day. All the men in my family have been diagnosed with diabetes in their early fifties. They're not doing very well. I will probably be diagnosed with diabetes too and end up like the rest of them. I'm afraid to go to the doctor now because I know what she's going to tell me. But on the other hand, I am very active, I eat well, and don't smoke or drink much alcohol. I've lived a more healthy lifestyle than they did, so maybe I don't have to be so afraid of the doc.

In this example, there was actually an "E" for Effective change in the belief because of the disputation. Were you able to spot that as well?

ABCD Model Handouts

  1. The ABCD Model
  2. The ABCDE Model Diagram
  3. The ABCD Model Worksheet