The Albert Ellis Reader: A Guide to Well-Being Using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (Google eBook)

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Albert Ellis, Shawn Blau
Citadel Press, 1998 - Psychology - 375 pages
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In a career spanning more than half a century, Albert Ellis has produced some seventy books and more than a thousand articles, including such ground-breaking books as The American Sexual Tragedy, Sex Without Guilt, and The Art and Science of Love. While there are many anthologies of his articles in the professional press, until now Ellis's most important work has never been collected in one volume for the general reader.

The Albert Ellis Reader brings together writings from Albert Ellis's most popular and controversial books and articles. Over the years, he and his ideas have often been taken out of context or misinterpreted. Now readers can get the wide scope of Dr. Ellis's controversial writings undiluted, in his own plainspoken, "no-holds-barred" style. Each one is completely updated by Dr. Ellis especially for this volume. He weighs in on such topics as sex, love, and marriage; anger; rational self-help; and rational living at work and in society. Included are selections on such controversial topics as:
-- Is the vaginal orgasm a myth?
-- Achieving self-actualization
-- Techniques for disputing irrational beliefs
-- Rational emotive imagery
-- Rational sensitivity and executive leadership
-- Humanism and psychotherapy: a revolutionary approach

The Albert Ellis Reader is essential reading for those who want to discover for themselves one of the most original and iconoclastic figures in modern psychology.


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Introduction to Part I
From My Personal Sexual Experiences
Introduction to Part II
Techniques for Disputing Irrational Beliefs
Emotive Behavior Gains
A Dictionary of Rational Emotive Feelings
Introduction to Part III
Application to Emotional Education
Behavior Therapy
Is Psychoanalysis Harmful?
How I Manage to Be a Rational Rational
Selected References

Techniques to Cope With Disability

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About the author (1998)

Albert Ellis was a clinical psychologist and a marriage counselor. He was born on September 27, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ellis originated the rational-emotive therapy movement, which ignores Freudian theories and advocates the belief that emotions come from conscious thought "as well as internalized ideas of which the individual may be unaware." At first, Ellis' books on marital romance and sexuality were criticized by some as being radical and sensational; however, few realized that Ellis was merely laying the groundwork for modern sex education. Ellis was educated at the City College of New York Downtown and at Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1943. He taught for a number of years at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and the Union Graduate School. He was executive director of the Institute for Rational Living, Inc., in New York City. Ellis was the author of Sex and the Liberated Man, Sex Without Guilt, and Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century. Despite his health issues, Ellis never stopped working with the assistance of his wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe Ellis. In April 2006, Ellis was hospitalized with pneumonia, and had to stay in either the hospital or the rehabilitation facility. He eventually returned to his home --- the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute. He died there on July 24, 2007 in his wife's arms. Ellis had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and 1200 articles during his lifetime. He was 93 when he died.

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