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Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings, and Behaviors: New Directions for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Hardcover – November 1, 2001
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"Ellis' plain-writing style and wealth of examples...make it accessible to anyone with an interest in this insightful therapeutic method." -- Metapsychology Online Review
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* The use of action verbs (e.g. I make myself angry or depressed) instead of nouns (I suffer from depression). This continually reminds oneself of the principle of emotional responsibility: neurotic difficulties don't come out of the blue, I partly create them by my irrational beliefs
* The basic philosphical underpinnings of REBT and how REBT relates to other systems of therapy, e.g. systems therapy, (cognitive) behavior therapy and psychoanalysis
* The flexible use of therapeutic procedures, sometimes even non-REBT techniques, to help patients overcome their neuroticizing
* As usual, Ellis tries to help the reader to achieve unconditional self-acceptance, unconditional other-acceptance and high frustration tolerance
* In contrast to some earlier books, Ellis does not postulate to have a panacea for all psychological problems
At times repetitive, this book nonetheless is worth reading as it contains several so far underestimated aspects of REBT. I recommend it for therapists and people already familiar with the basics of REBT. The interested lay person should better read Ellis' book: Ellis, A. (2011). Feeling better, getting better, staying better.
The basics of REBT have remained the same. They revolve around the ABCs of self-disturbing. (A) stands for the Adversities we encounter, (B) for our Beliefs about these Adversities, and (C) for the emotional and behavioral Consequences of these Beliefs. A coach, therapist, or trainer using REBT, has two goals: 1) to help people feel better and 2) to make them function better and does so by helping to replace the problematic Beliefs by more usable and realistic Beliefs.
Although the core of REBT has remained the same, some aspects of the approach have kept on evolving, and Ellis keeps on leading the development of REBT himself. The book shows many examples. Important is for instance that Ellis now defines the (B) of the ABCs not merely as Believing but as Believing-Emoting-Behaving.
Very interesting is how Ellis uses action language when writing about emotional problems. He thinks we misuse many nouns in psychology instead of verbs and therby create "semifictional entities" or "thought things". An example: Ellis doesn't say: "I suffer from depression" but "I depress (myself)".
A terrific chapter I found the one about postmodernism and constructivism in psychotherapy. I have never read such a clarifying chapter about this intruiging subject before. Ellis convincingly demonstrates how REBT and constructivism are not at odds but conincide well with each other.Read more ›
One of the key points in this book is that our unhappiness stems from irrational beliefs, "must", "should" and how important it is to "create a vital meaning and absorbing interest in your life..."
This book will be outstanding for anyone committed to his or her own self growth, healing, with the strong desire to turn it all around.
Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE and If God Was Like Man
Editor, inspire! magazine
His style is amazing, down to earth, plain and simple. This is what I needed. Thank you Albert Ellis for changing my life.
While my above review still stands, I finally found my cure for all the emotional and physical problems and I feel like a new person, I feel the way I should naturally feel.After more stress, soul searching and 1000 more books read I was found to have very low levels of magnesium, iron, vit D and vit B12. I just started the supplements a few days ago and I already feel like a normal person again. Please look into mineral and vitamin deficiencies before you give up or spend money on books on end with wise words but no actual cure for a "sick"person. It changed my life and I will never go without taking my supplements.
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Albert Ellis is a super psychologist who can help those with all kinds of hangups and issues. He is not for the seriously ill patients; he's more for the neurotic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike G.
Just a very interesting book. Very different approach to accepting yourself. This is my second purchase of this book, this was a gift to my friend.Published 14 months ago by M. Monroe
This is an excellent in depth book on Rational Therapy also sometimes called Reality Therapy. I had tried many other types of therapy and this was the only one that seemed to be... Read morePublished 14 months ago by MCasey
I didn't realize this book is more for a practitioner than an average personPublished 18 months ago by Siobhan K.