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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy : Psychology - ALBERT ELLIS

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy


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Albert Ellis, the renowned creator of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy — Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) — offers this candid self-assessment, which reveals how he overcame his own mental and physical problems using the techniques of REBT. Part memoir and part self-help guide, this very personal story traces the private struggles that Ellis faced from early childhood to well into his adult life. Whether you are already familiar with Ellis’s many best-selling psychology books or are discovering his work for the first time, you will gain many insights into how to deal with your problems by seeing how Ellis learned to cope with his own serious challenges.
In his early life, Ellis was faced with a major physical disability, chronic nephritis, which plagued him from age five to nine and led to hospitalization. This experience then caused the emotional reaction of separation anxiety. At this time he also suffered from severe, migraine-like headaches, which persisted into his forties. Later in life, he realized that some of his emotional upset was the result of initially taking parental neglect too seriously. Active and energetic by nature, he gradually learned that the best way to cope with any problem, physical or emotional, was to stop "catastrophizing" and to do something to correct it.
As Ellis points out in all of his work, when faced with adversity, we must realize that we have a real choice, either to think rationally about the problem or to react irrationally. The first choice leads to healthy consequences—normal emotions such as sorrow, regret, frustration, or annoyance, which are justifiable reactions to troubling situations. The second choice leads to the unhealthy consequences of anxiety, depression, rage, and low self-esteem. When we recognize irrational beliefs as such, we must then use our reason to dispute their validity. Ellis goes on to describe how these techniques helped him to cope with many other adult emotional problems, including failure in love affairs, shame, anger, distress over his parents’ divorce, stress from others’ reactions to his atheistic convictions, and upset due to his attitudes about academic and professional setbacks.
Honest and unflinching yet always positive and forward-looking, Ellis demonstrates how to gain and grow from trying experiences through rational thinking.

Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introduction: The Beginnings of My Coping with My Disabilitiesp. 13
My Bout with Severe Headachesp. 25
Early Hospitalizationp. 35
Separation Anxiety in the Hospitalp. 43
Coping with Abysmal Parental Neglectp. 49
Other Childhood Difficultiesp. 65
How I Stopped Procrastinatingp. 73
Coping with Failing, Especially in My Love Affairsp. 81
Coping with Failing, Especially at Writingp. 103
Dealing with Damnation for My Atheistic Viewsp. 113
Coping with My Poor Eyesightp. 121
Coping with Sex Shame and Other Shamep. 125
The Censorship of My First PhD Thesisp. 139
Coping with My Irritability and Angerp. 147
Conducting My Lifelong Battle with Diabetesp. 161
Coping with My Parents' Divorcep. 171
How I Used My Social Failings to Become a "Real" Philosopherp. 177
Succeeding in Spite of Neglect and Oppositionp. 197
An Example of Where REBT Has Helped Me in My Personal Lifep. 207
Coping with My Divorcesp. 209
An Example Where REBT Has Not Personally Worked for Mep. 219
My Philosophy of Sex Revolutionp. 223
Sequence of the Main Events of Albert Ellis's Recent Experiences with Serious Health Ailmentsp. 225
The Care You Expect and the Care You Get When You Are Really Ailingp. 233
Appendixp. 239
Selected Referencesp. 253
About the Authorp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781591021841
ISBN-10: 1591021847
Series: Psychology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.7  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1