Albert Ellis (th Guide)

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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...