Albert Ellis was one of the most influential psychotherapists of all time, revolutionizing the field through his writings, teachings, research, and supervision for more than half a century. He was a pioneer whose ideas, known as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), formed the basis of what has now become known as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), the most widely accepted psychotherapeutic approach in the world. This book contains some of Ellis’ most influential writings on a variety of subjects, including human sexuality, personality disorders, and religion, with introductions by some of today’s contemporary experts in the psychotherapy field. The 20 articles included capture Ellis’ wit, humor, and breadth of knowledge and will be a valuable resource for any mental health professional for understanding the key ingredients needed to help others solve problems and live life fully.
"Ellis is one of the icons of the field of psychology, and this volume offers a unique view of his contributions . … Commentators include Robert Alberti, Arnold Lazarus, Steven Hayes, and Janet Wolfe, to name just a few of the accomplished therapists, psychologists, and scholars who contribute to the volume. The commentaries are illuminating and useful in terms of understanding the meaning, clinical application, and historical importance of Ellis's writing. The quality of the excerpts, the focus of the selections and commentaries, and the distinguished contributing authors underscore the lasting contribution Ellis made to psychology and to alleviating human suffering through rational emotive behavioral therapy. This an important resource for those interested in the history of psychology and for anyone seeking to better understand and apply Ellis's work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals." - D.L. Loers, Wartburg College, in CHOICE, June 2014
Part I: Theoretical Foundations Wolfe, Knaus, Rational Psychotherapy. Geis, Rational Emotive Therapy. Pomeroy, Psychotherapy and the Value of a Human Being. Klareich, RET Abolishes Most of the Human Ego. Ross, Expanding the ABCs of Rational Emotive Therapy. Knaus, Group Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Alberti, The Biological Basis of Human Irrationality. Hayes, Why Rational Emotive Therapy to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy? Part II: Applications Garia, Knaus, Psychoneurosis and Anxiety Problems. Knaus, Parr, The Role of Irrational Beliefs in Perfectionism. Grieger, A Twenty-Three-Year-Old Girl Guilty about not Following Her Parents' Rules. Kahn, Flora: A Case of Severe Depression and Treatment with Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Haberstroh, Using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Techniques to Cope with Disabilities. Gerstein, Denial. Part III: Special Issues Lazarus, Can Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) be Effectively Used with People Who have Devout Beliefs in God and Religion? Block, Will the Real Sensuous Person Please Stand Up? Altrows, Should Some People be Labeled Mentally Ill? Wessler, How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Belongs in the Constructivist Camp. Edelstein, An Answer to Some Objections to Rational Emotive Psychotherapy. Cohen, The Future of CBT/REBT.