The RBT Process

The process for learning and implementing Reality-Based Thinking is not difficult to understand.  (See the graphics below.)  For this process to begin, the subject must have begun to care about correcting him- or herself.  If this care is absent, RBT is not possible in any system-wide fashion—and system-wide RBT is what SRBT promotes.

Once the subject has begun to care about self correction, the other processes can begin.  They include the very general process of applying deliberate effort to thinking, as opposed to being a cognitive miserCognitive Miser -- Just as a regular miser resists spending money, the cognitive miser resists spending effort on sound and thorough thinking. Science has demonstrated very well that all humans easily TEND to be cognitive misers, and this sometimes gets us into trouble when the right answers to life's (large and small) problems require some deeper thinking than what is usual and convenient..  Then comes the more specific task of learning the relatively manageable set of “mindwareMindware -- This includes some basic knowledge in how the mind works, as well as the basics of logic and probability. Just like good software is required for a computer to run well, good mindware helps the mind to operate well.” necessary to process Reality-Based Thinking.  This “mindware” is simply the set of rules by which sound thinking is done.

The remaining step in the process, shown in red below, is the step of removing faulty mindware from the thinking habits and overcoming it with sound mindware as it is learned.

Caring to Self Correct

1. Caring to Self Correct




RBT Arrow Lazy Engaged

2. Exerting Cognitive Effort




Sound Mindware

3. Adopting Sound Mindware




Bad Mindware (Including Biases)

4. Overcoming Bad Mindware (Including Biases)