Dependency, "Irrationality," and Community

Volume 18
Winter 1990
Dependency, "Irrationality," and Community

The Dependency subscale of the Irrational Beliefs Test (IBT) was scored as a rational-emotive "irrationality" and as a religious "rationality." Rational-emotive understandings of dependency appeared to recommend as mental health ideals a Machiavellian manipulativeness, an alienated normlessness, and avoidance of an empathic concern for and a communal orientation toward others. Dependency as a religious rationality was related to greater social responsibility, emotional empathy, and a communal orientation and to lower levels of interpersonal manipulativeness, alienation, and depression. IBT subscales seemed inadequately characterized as uniform indices of a pathogenic irrationality. Overall, these data supported recent communitarian arguments that an excessive individualism can be socially corrosive and that practical rationalities are difficult to disentangle from specific value commitments.

Dr. P.J. Watson, R.J. Morris, Dr. R.W., Jr. Hood and J. Folbrecht
334 - 347
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