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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
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“...explains healthy thinking, healthy emotions, healthy behavior. Detailed examples for building lasting emotional well-being.”
NAPRA ReView


“...the author is still a force to be reckoned with in... field of psychotherapy and education for mental health.”
ForeWord Magazine


“Ellis' ideas for fighting everyday frustration are often quite wonderful... There's lots of great information here...”
INFODAD.COM


“I find the book useful, insightful, and even fun, and do recommend it...”
Betty Street, MSSW, LCSW; NASW Mississippi Chapter Newsletter


“This book is highly recommended.”
Carolyn Johnson, MSW, ABIL Newsletter


“...well worth reading carefully...almost equivalent to a visit with Albert Ellis.”
Raymond Corsini, PhD, clinical psychologist (ret.), editor, Encyclopedia of Psychology, Current Psychotherapies and Handbook for Innovative Psychotherapies


“...easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to remember -- the hallmarks of any good self-help volume. Readers who heed these cogent recommendations...are likely to find life more livable and decidedly more enjoyable.”
Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University, author of Martial Myths Revisited and co-author of The 60-Second Shrink


“Virtually everyone has a need to feel better at some time and this self-help guide, writer in Ellis's customary down-to-earth style, does the trick. It worked for me, and it can work for you...”
Cyril M. Franks, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University, Editor, Child & Family Behavior Therapy
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Product Details

  • Series: Mental Health
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Impact (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886230358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886230354
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, Al Ellis tells you everything you need to achieve long-term freedom from emotional upset. He explains why certain modes of therapy are ineffective and counter-productive. Even if they do no harm, they do not deliver the help you need, as opposed to more efficacious modes of therapy, such as REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) and Cognitive Therapy. He distinguishes between merely palliative techniques, like Yoga and Meditation, which help you feel better, but do not lead to lasting improvement, and those which help you get better and stay better.
Ellis makes no bones about the fact that it is often difficult to achieve the changes you want to make - but that's no reason for not doing so!
Having tried other therapeutic methods, until I discovered Dr. Ellis at one of his legendary Friday night workshops, I can tell you that if you stick to the principles laid out in this book, you will be the better for it.
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In this book, Ellis shows the interested reader how Rational Emotive Therapy works, what the underlying philosphy is, and - most importantly - what you can do to get yourself out of emotional difficulties.
He emphasizes not only the aspect of feeling better, which many clients can more or less easily do (e.g. by exercising, meditating or distracting oneself from difficult feelings and situations). It is much more important to actually get better and permanently stay better. Ellis shows how you can achieve the kind of deep restructruring of your basic philosphies of life. He specifically recommends the use of the following techniques:
- Logical Disputing, e.g.: does it really follow that I am a worm if I am acting wormily?
- Realistic Disputing: Where is the evicence for my absolutist belief?
- Pragmatic Disputing: making cost-benefit ratios of short and long term benefits of my behavior and thinking patterns
To effectively dispute your irrational beliefs, you better dispute them cognitively, emotionally and behaviorally.
What I as a psychologist especially liked about this new book, are Ellis' exemplary disputations of low frustration tolerance, self-downing and other downing. This can help clients considerably to apply the ideas to their real life problems.
A good book to use for bibliotherapy!
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I've read several of Dr.Ellis' books and this one has a lot of the same ideas, but it goes a bit further with how to not just feel better but to get better. I find his methods are very practical as long as one is willing to see the way one might be upsetting themselves with their thinking and willing to push themselves to practice his techniques.
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Feeling Better and Getting Better is certainly one of the most effective and most useful books I've ever studied to get a handle on my thoughts, habits, fear, and self-downing. I can easily see the cause and effect of my thoughts, which are mostly paper tigers...and honestly, after almost 18 years of studying, I am fortunate to have this valuable book in my arsenal.

To benefit the most (as with any time tested tool) you have to be honestly dedicated, ready to change and persistent because deep rooted habits, IR's (irrational thoughts) and beliefs can be challenging to shift - but they do change for the better. I tell you, it's a relief to quit fighting with my reality as much. So roll up your sleeves and develop USA (unconditional self-acceptance) and unearth your genuine self worth. I tip my hat to Dr. Ellis.

Another Very effective book is "SOS Help For Emotions" by Dr. Clark. This easy read makes the process of changing for the better a tad fun the way it's written, plus it has tests to make sure you get it and apply the new tools.
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Albert Ellis is still amazingly relevant when it comes to teaching people how to change their thinking. I wasn't very impressed with the title at first, but as I read, I realized that he has a very good point. Much of the therapy out there in the world is focused only on FEELING better, but we also need to GET better, and then we need to STAY better. I highly recommend this book.
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Those looking for the usual pampering and hand-holding need not look here. This book is for those who truly want to feel better, even if it means taking a sometimes-unpleasant look at their own behavior.
While this is not a manual for the seriously disturbed, those with more common issues will find a great deal of help, so long as they are willing to apply these principles.
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Albert Ellis theory is called REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy). The main highlights of this theory are:
- that "people disturb themselves by the things that happen to them and by their views, feelings and actions"
- that "people have a choice of how they feel"
- that there are 3 main irrational beliefs that disturb people: a) Ï absolutely must perform well b) I absolutely must be treated fairly by others c) I must not find life's conditions very hard
In order to dispute these Irrational Beliefs that are the source of your suffering, he proposes a number of thinking, feeling and behaving methods of actively disputing and counter attacking these beliefs.
REBT's effectiveness was scientifically proven according to Ellis, unlike other psychological theories such as psicotherapy. This is supposedly a great advantage about it. You read it and he really knows how to "sell" it. But I wonder, if REBT is so succesfull why is it that it hasn't become the standard practice of every psychologist? I don't know. However, I recommend this book to everyone interested in psychology and getting better.
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