Albert Ellis (Th Guide) Essay

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Introduction to book and authors Written by the "creators" of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Albert Ellis, Ph.D. and Robert A. Harper, Ph.D., A Guide to Rational Living, serves as a tool for self-therapy for those who are willing to work using the techniques listed in this book. By using these techniques, one can learn to change their irrational beliefs, or IBs. IBs are beliefs that something " ABSOLUTLY MUST happen, and it is COMPLETELY AWFUL or TERRIBLE if it does not". The goal of this book is to teach individuals how to change the IBs to rational beliefs (RBs) such as "It is PREFERRED that something happens, and though it may be inconvenient or painful if it doesn't, it's not COMPLETELY AWFUL or TERRIBLE". Studies, by many well known Psychologists and Psychiatrists, have shown that by changing their belief system, individuals' feelings and behaviors improve. Along with the studies, the authors of A Guide to Rational Living have used these methods, and have strong backgrounds in these methods that help boost the evidence. Born in Pittsburgh, Albert Ellis, Ph.D., holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology, both from Columbia University. He is the founder of REBT and the originator of modern Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Dr. Ellis has practiced Psychotherapy, marriage and family counseling, and sex therapy for over 50 years and is the president of The Albert Ellis Institute in New York, and along with receiving top awards from several professional societies, he has authored over 40 books. Robert A. Harper, Ph.D. has taught at leading universities including Ohio State University where he received training in psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Dr. Harper was in private practice for over 40 years in Washington D.C. and has served as president of several Mental Health organizations. He is now retired.-2- Four things I've learned 1). Overcoming the past without dwelling on it I've always heard that the only way to "fix" what is wrong with you was to find out what had happened to you in the past and pick it apart with the thought that once you understand it, you would be able to make sense out of it and move on. I was surprised and, if fact, relieved when I started reading this book because it proposed a new approach, that no matter what happened in the past (in most cases), you can focus on the irrational beliefs that you have now, change those beliefs, and start feeling better. Also, it points to the fact that some things that may have happened in the past have no explanation, so going back and "reliving them" may only make things worse and more confusing.2). Overcoming the need for approval A Guide to Rational Living has a very good chapter called "Tackling your dire need for approval", within this chapter, Dr. Ellis lists several ways to overcome this need, which, before reading this book, I had no idea was such a big issue in the onset of...

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