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Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life Hardcover – April 1, 1997
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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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I am more into other stuff for personal change- Sedona method release Technic and hypnosis. But if anyone likes Ellis approach- try this book.
Basically, the idea behind a lot of our troubles (fears/worry, procrastination, overeating, anger, etc.) stem NOT from "not thinking positive enough" (the author quickly dispels this useless adage), but because we think too negatively; rather, we cling to irrational, or at least unfounded and detrimental, ideas and beliefs and "trick" ourselves into believing them.
Three-minute therapy involves identifying these irrational beliefs, actively challenging them, and then reinforcing the rational counterparts over and over again, for, you guessed it!, 3 minutes a day.
I have to say that for me, personally, it has helped me start to overcome my procrastination and overeating habits. I have yet to fully extend the philosophy to the rest of my life, but I'm anxious to do so.
Edelstein makes a few controversial statements (among them, that AA is a bunch of hogwash for alcoholics, and so is suppressed childhood trauma as the source of present-day emotional trouble), but overall he makes a strong case for a form of therapy that seems practical and highly effective.
The book is written in an informal style, and even imparts some humor. I really liked his list of some of the more ludicrous worries that some of his patients have had!!!
This books is well laid out with helpful real life or composite examples to show how Three Minute Therapy is utilized and creates clarity of thought.
Any price for this book is well worth it.