From Library Journal
As the inventor of Rational-Emotive Psychotherapy (RET) more commonly known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Ellis is generally considered the most influential living psychoanalyst. He argues that emotions that bother us anxiety, depression, guilt, anger are based on our thoughts about events that happen to us, not on the events themselves, and that we can systematically work to change these cognitive responses. This is the basis of most current short-term therapy and is the only approach that has been scientifically tested and found actually to help patients. One would naturally expect to welcome any self-help book written by such an important thinker. Unfortunately, this particular title doesn't deliver the goods, the main problem being that it is extremely repetitive. The three sections, "Feeling Better," "Getting Better," and "Staying Better," are essentially repetitions, reiterating the message that other approaches (e.g., meditation, religious faith, the quest for achievement) are palliatives, while RET will lead to lasting improvements. Perhaps the problem is that this book is aimed at too general an audience anyone with any kind of disturbing emotions. Libraries are better served by titles that explain cognitive-behavioral techniques for use with specific complaints, e.g., Joseph J. Luciani's Self-Coaching: How To Heal Anxiety and Depression (Wiley, 2001) and Fred Penzel's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well (Oxford Univ., 2000). Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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