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Dr. Albert Ellis holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and is President of the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York City. He is the founder of rational-emotive therapy (RET) and the grandfather of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). Several professional societies have honored him: He holds the Humanist of the Year Award of the American Humanist Association, the Distinguished Psychologist Award of the Academy of Psychologists in Marital and Family Therapy, and the Distinguished Practitioner Award of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. The American Psychological Association has given him its major award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge (and the American Association for Counseling and Development has given him its major Professional Development Award.) He has published more than 70 books and over 700 articles on psychotherapy, sex, love, and marital relationships. Still going strong, he sees about 70 individual clients and conducts 5 group therapy sessions each week at the psychotherapy clinic of the Institute, supervises interns and postdoctoral fellows, and gives numerous talks and workshops in the United States and abroad.

Professor Michael E. Bernard is the Founder of You Can Do It! Education, a program for promoting student social-emotional well-being and achievement that is being used in over 6,000 schools in Australia, New Zealand, England and North America. After receiving his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he worked for 18 years in the College of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. In 1983, he was appointed as Reader andCoordinator of the Master of Educational Psychology Program. From 1995-2005, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, College of Education, at California State University, Long Beach. Professor Bernard has worked as a consultant school psychologist helping families and schools address the educational and mental health needs of school-age children. He has spent extensive time counseling children with emotional, behavioral or academic difficulties. Professor Bernard is a co-founder of the Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and is the author of many books on REBT. For eight years, he was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. He is the author of over 50 books, 15 book chapters and 30 journal articles in the area of childrena (TM)s early childhood development, learning and social-emotional well-being as well as parent education, teacher professional development and school improvement. Today, Professor Bernard is an international consultant to universities, educational authorities, organisations and government. He is a professor at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Education.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591021847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591021841
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrick Greenan on May 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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A good, practical introduction to rational - emotive behavior therapy. The book is a series of autobiographical anecdotes about how the author's life experiences colored his therapeutic approach. The anecdotes are followed by extended discussions to explain how the author's ideas derived from or perhaps are illustrated by to the various events narrated. The emphasis, as told in the title, is to show the therapist applying his own techniques on himself.
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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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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.

Edward Morris
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