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Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life Hardcover – March 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Glenbridge Pub Ltd (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944435424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944435427
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of all the books that explain [Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy] in simple, clear, and highly usable form, Three Minute Therapy is one of the very Best." -- Albert Ellis, Ph.D. President, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Of all the books that explain [Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy] in simple, clear, and highly usable form, Three Minute Therapy is one of the very best. -- Albert Ellis, Ph.D. President, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

With a series of incisive insights Michael Edelstein cuts through the psychological jargon and makes clear how all of us can effect powerful changes in our psyches, in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. -- Martin Blinder, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Past Adjunct Professor of Law, University of California, San Francisco

About the Author

Dr. Michael R. Edelstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and a Fellow and Supervisory Faculty member of the Albert Ellis Institute. He has lectured nationally and internationally, has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, and has written extensively for professional journals.

Dr. David Ramsay Steele is the Editorial Director of Open Court Publishing Company. His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications.


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This is a very easy to understand, quick read.
T. Love
This is a serious book that provides indispensible tools that will help you change your thinking and improve your life.
Michael Stoen
Three Minute Therapy is one of the most useful, pragmatic books I have ever read.
Randolph C. Phillips

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1997
Format: Hardcover
For economic reasons, I practice self help whenever I can, so self-help books appeal to me. I have lots of them, but not often do I read a book like Three Minute Therapy which began to help me from the first chapter. Reasonable thinking lies at the heart of this therapy. The simplicity of the author's technique fit right into my busy life in that I did not have to wait weeks or till midway the book to comprehend Dr. Edelstein's technique or start getting obvious results.

I have compulsive shopping and anxiety, family disputes and job tensions. I started using Dr. Edelstein's simple, down to earth, rational therapy and already become aware of positive improvements in my life. I talk to my mother more affectionately now thanks to this book because I learned to accept her and not require she become my ideal. I find my work more enjoyable because of changed expectations and reduced anxiety about having to be perfect. I find play more fun, and started again on creating an office manual, now that I understand it need not be the ultimate, most perfect one. I like the new feelings I am still obtaining from this book.

Socially, I feel less of a need to have absolute approval from friends, and this freedom has given me a great deal of comfort. I say feeling because my new reasonable thinking actually has benefited my emotions. These improvements I am sure came from contact with this Three Minute Therapy book. I would like to recommend it to everyone I know.

Cliff Cin, San Francisco
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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By John Pugsley on January 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As an author in the field of economics (a behavioral science), a lifelong student of human behavior, and after observing many friends and relatives go through months and years of psychotherapy without alleviating their psychological problems, I long ago concluded that traditional psychotherapy was an ineffective pseudoscience.

Traditional psychotherapy, popularized by Freud, is rooted in the hypothesis that psychological problems stem from early experiences. Yet months or often years of lying on a couch and dredging up the traumas and anxieties of childhood does little more than satisfy our need be heard...to have someone listen. Nor have the majority of other branches of psychotherapy been more successful. From behaviorists like Watson and Skinner to psychoanalysts like Freud, Jung, Adler and Horney, millions of hours have been invested by patients with scant evidence (at least evidence that satisfies me) that the relief of any emotional symptoms is not just a placebo effect.

Several years ago a psychologist friend introduced me to the work of Albert Ellis, the originator of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). As a cognitive-behavioral approach, REBT focuses on the here-and-now cause of your problems: your irrational thinking. Numerous studies support the efficacy of this approach for a wide range of problems: anxiety, depression, procrastination, relationship problems, and addictions.

Thanks to its clear effectiveness, cognitive-behavioral therapy is rapidly gaining favor in the field of psychology. Dr. Helen Mayberg, a senior scientist at The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and the Sandra A.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. J. on December 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Five stars are not enough. A book everyone should read!

I have always been suspicious of self-help books, so it was with a certain reluctance that I obtained a copy of Three Minute Therapy. I began to read it, not sure I would finish it, so strong was that initial prejudice. But I must say that I was very surprised, and my attitude gradually began to change to a staunch believer! I took the title literally, but in that too I was mistaken. Cures are not accomplished in just three minutes; only Dr. Edelstein's carefully worked out exercises take three minutes. "Practice makes perfect" is the old cliché, but using the principles of Rational, Emotive Behavioral Therapy that he presents, the exercises really do work. I read Edelstein's well-written book from cover to cover and actually tried his exercises myself. His information is worth thousands of dollars. When you read it, you'll find out for yourself!

A. J., Colorado
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Behre on April 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The human condition head on! Finally psychological help is finding it's way to people! After forty years, cognitive therapy, and specifically, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, are proving to be the most effective means to solve depression problems beyond par. Three Minute Therapy clearly teaches how to do it. Many other cognitive books have broken through, Three Minute Therapy takes off of their foundation. Only three minutes? Michael Edelstein clearly reemphacizes that repeated work is required. But not to be daunted! He shows three minute excercises that can be done by anyone, provided they are a person seeking the truth, with willingness to consistently perform the excersices on a daily basis. And they only take three minutes. The severest depression is lifted, the severest anxiety relieved, the most violent anger assuaged. I have been so depressed that I could not get out of a chair. Congitive therapy changed all of that. Now my life is filled with problems that are predominantly practical, which I enjoy addressing. Three Minute Therapy makes it crystal clear how to do it. As the years go by these methods will become recognized as the most efficient, effective and humane to employ in all people's emotional problems. More power to Edelstein for leading those who suffer away from the doldrums of psycho-babble, into the realm of practical and joyful living. Get it. Do it. Your world will be a better place. Mick Berry
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