Albert Ellis Revisited by Jon Carlson

By Jon Carlson

Albert Ellis used to be some of the most influential psychotherapists of all time, revolutionizing the sphere via his writings, teachings, study, and supervision for greater than part a century. He used to be a pioneer whose rules, often called Rational Emotive habit treatment (REBT), shaped the root of what has now develop into referred to as Cognitive habit treatment (CBT), the main broadly permitted psychotherapeutic process on the planet. This publication includes a few of Ellis’ such a lot influential writings on quite a few topics, together with human sexuality, character issues, and faith, with introductions by means of a few of today’s modern specialists within the psychotherapy box. The 20 articles incorporated seize Ellis’ wit, humor, and breadth of data and may be a necessary source for any psychological health practitioner for realizing the main elements had to support others clear up difficulties and stay existence fully.

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When people feel disturbed and act self-defeatingly (at C), they have the ability to look at their As, rBs, and iBs and to Dispute (D) their iBs until they surrender them and change them back to rBs—thereby changing their inappropriate feelings and selfdefeating behaviors (at point C). They can best understand (observe and figure out) their iBs cognitively, through empirical observation and rational analysis. Even when Rational Emotive Therapy 27 iBs are unconscious, they are rarely deeply hidden and can usually be observed, discovered, and logically figured out (if one uses RET theory) quickly and without too much trouble.

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Buddha had taken a similar position 2,500 years earlier. Al’s forthright statements of it in the world of psychological practice thrust it to the forefront. To those who “argued in the negative” that it was nothing more than an appeal to “selfishness,” Al added the concept of enlightened to self-interest, meaning, of course, that it was important for individuals to understand that, in many life situations, they had to do things that seemed unpleasant on the face of it, but often, in the long run, directly addressing such matters were to the individual’s benefit.

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