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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: It Works for Me - It Can Work for You [Kindle Edition]

Albert Ellis
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Albert Ellis, the renowned creator of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy - Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT) - offers this candid self-assessment, which reveals how he overcame his own emotional and physical challenges using the techniques of REBT. Part memoir and part self-help guide, this very personal story traces the 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, or inflammation of his kidneys, which plagued him and led to hospitalization. This experience helped him to develop ways to overcome anxiety. He also suffered from severe migrainelike headaches, which persisted into his forties. 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 had better realize that we have a real choice, either to think rationally or irrationally about the problem. The first option leads to healthy consequences - healthy emotions such as sorrow, regret, frustration, or annoyance, which are justifiable reactions to troubling situations. The second option leads to unhealthy emotions, such as anxiety, depression, rage, and low self-acceptance. When we recognize irrational beliefs as such, we can then use our reason to dispute their inaccuracy. 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 conversations, and upset due to his attitudes about academic and professional setbacks. When he was close to ninety years of age, his rational philosophy helped him cope with a near-fatal illness.

Honest and unflinching yet always realistic and forward-looking, Ellis demonstrates how to gain and grow from life's challenges through rational thinking.

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About the Author

Albert Ellis, PhD, the author of more than seventy-five books, including OVERCOMING DESTRUCTIVE BELIEFS, FEELINGS, AND BEHAVIORS, is the president of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. He has practiced psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, and sex therapy for over sixty-one years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591021847
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (December 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030I1XQ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two for One. May 26, 2006
This auto-bio/self-help combo book was fairly clearly written offhand. It was sloppily proofread if it was proofread at all. There are factual mistakes and contradictions. For example, after one of his "love affairs" ended Ellis writes both that he did, and that he didn't, make himself feel depressed. He also writes that he invented his shame-attacking technique both in his 20's and in his 40's. At times the book is awkwardly written, including confusion in tenses.

Fortunately, the above doesn't matter too much. He is extremely honest--to the point where some readers may dislike what he writes--in his account of details of his life. He suffered from many physical afflictions as a child and was hospitilized a number of times. Frail from the beginning, Ellis turned his attention away from physical activities and toward exercising his imagination and developing his impressive intellect.

In the main the book is an account of some of the difficulties he encountered in life and how he applied nascent REBT principles to his difficulties. These difficulties not only include his many and ongoing health problems but also the disapproval and sometimes censorship he received for holding the political, social, sexual, and atheistic views he did. In addition, Ellis includes how he dealt with the emotional issues he had; such as shyness, shame, anxiousness, and his famous, or infamous, irritibility. After a fairly long gestation period REBT was born in 1955.

This book is recommended to readers who want to catch a glimpse of "the man behind the myth" and to people who have to deal with serious ongoing health concerns.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I think that one of the other reviewers was correct, other REBT books will teach you better REBT than this book. In that sense, I think this is too simple. But, it's still an interesting book for me. I bought it a year ago. Since then, I've skimmed through it about five times, usually a couple of hours each time. Each time, I'm usually able to find a concept written a certain way that helps me to intellectually connect with the principles of REBT, again. Overall, it was an easy read, but continues to have a rejuvenating effect on me, not just mentally, but also helps me to immediately go out and behave differently with everybody. It's possible that I will never pick up any of the other more serious REBT books out there, but I will continually to read this simple book once or twice a year to wake me up. It's a chance to see about life through Ellis's eyes, and I like it (even though I don't worship him as a person).
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5.0 out of 5 stars REBT - It Works! April 28, 2004
It was hard to put down the latest book by Dr. Albert Ellis, "REBT: It Works for Me It Can Work for You." I believe that this book is one of the best books that Dr. Ellis has written. I work as a therapist and have read many of his books over the years -- using his theory to help both my clients and myself.
This book offers both engaging insight into many aspects of Dr. Ellis' personal life and how he used REBT to help him cope with difficulties and challenges; as well as incredibly useful ideas and procedures for people going through disability due to illness or accident and for their helpers.
He used these procedures himself to help him get through a life-threatening time in 2003.
This book will greatly benefit both laypersons and therapists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life story of Alber Ellis September 19, 2012
By James
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This book contains an in depth review of Albert Ellis life from child hood and on up. The best part of the book for me so far has been the talks on the group therapy sessions and the assingments that he gives to his patients. Such as walking up to a total stranger and telling them that you have just been realeased from the loony bin and what month is this. I bought this book on the suggestion of someone who knows I have social anxiety and they told me that Albert Ellis is also aflicted with this condition and he tells how he overcame this. I did not really get a full idea on how he over came his social anxiety. But after reading this book I am probaly going to buy another one of his books and hopefully get more answers to my social anxiety. He does talk about his social anxiety but not to the degree I was hoping for. I also found some editing errors in the book. But over all I was pleased with the book and do recomend it to people who suffer with social anxiety.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You wont want to put it down! June 5, 2012
By tmd
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If you are a fan of REBT and of the incredible work Ellis did within the field of psychology then you will love this book. It is informative, easy to read and really gives abackground to this therapy and to how Ellis developed his approach to treatment. Its from a personal perspective so if you like that then you will love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read June 17, 2014
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Albert Ellis is remarkably candid in revealing his own personal challenges and the frustrations he had to overcome in dealing with them. He took the mystery out of the ABC method and shows over and over how RET's signature framework is relatively simple to administer and eventually becomes the habitual way of dealing with frustration. After reading the book, I understand Ellis as the man, husband as well as therapist. Very good read for RET practitioners as well as the self-counselors.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good read, biographical content could be distracting to 1st ...
Was looking for primer on REBT, good read, biographical content could be distracting to 1st time REBT readers, reconfirmed my suspicion that many psychologists have a screw loose,... Read more
Published 24 days ago by ScienceGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you understand psychotherapy & psychology I would ...
Good book if you understand psychotherapy & psychology I would recommend this book by Albert Ellis he is a very WELKNOWN author of books on psychology
Published 1 month ago by Amberine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by H. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great book, i purchased several of them and give them as presents to persons with a need, they love it.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Atanasov
4.0 out of 5 stars REBT
Awesome material which can be used in daily experiences- practical, relevant thoughts and ideas which will improve daily interactions and quality of relationships.
Published 13 months ago by Innovationsrscs
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Informative and Enjoyable Read
A great book to learn more about the thought leader who created Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ma. Carmen L. Testa
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking
The fact of the book being a personal experience makes a huge impact on readers, and to me it was a continuous inspiration. I am still reading it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Teresa Ngigi
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More About the Author

(1913-2007) Albert Ellis held M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. He was the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of the modern Cognitive Behavior therapies. He was the president of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, where he practiced individual and group psychotherapy, supervised and trained psychotherapists, and presented many talks and workshops at the Institute and throughout the world. He published over seven hundred articles and more than sixty books on psychotherapy, marital and family therapy, and sex therapy.


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