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Dr. Albert Ellis
[September 27, 1913 - July 24, 2007]

Profile created July 25, 2007
  • The Folklore of Sex (1951)

  • The American Sexual Tragedy (1954)

  • Sex Life of the American Woman and the Kinsey Report  (1954)

  • The Psychology of Sex Offenders (1956)

  • How to Live With a Neurotic (1957)

  • Sex Without Guilt (1958)

  • The Art and Science of Love (1960)

  • A Guide to Rational Living (1961) by Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper

  • A Guide to Successful Marriage (1961) with Robert A. Harper

  • Creative Marriage (1961) with Robert A. Harper

  • The Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior (1961), Albert Abarbanel and Albert Ellis, eds.

  • Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy: A Comprehensive Method of Treating Human Disturbances (1962)

  • Sex and the Single Man (1963)

  • The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Man-Hunting (1963)

  • If This Be Sexual Heresy (1963)

  • Nymphomania: A Study of the Oversexed Woman (1964) with Edward Sagarin

  • Homosexuality: Its causes and Cures (1965)

  • The Love Pagoda: The Amorous Adventures of Hsi men and His Six Wives (1965)

  • Is Objectivism a Religion? (1968)

  • Murder and Assassination (1971) with John M. Gullo

  • How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy, Happy Child (1972)

  • Humanistic Psychotherapy: The Rational-Emotive Approach (1973)
    Dr. Ellis discusses the biological foundations of man's irrationality, the philosophical and cognitive errors that serve to reinforce and perpetuate neurotic behavior, and the manner in which rational-emotive psychotherapy copes with people prone to violence, paranoia, sexual difficulties, feelings of lack of self-worth and other difficulties.

  • Growth Through Reason: Verbatim Cases in Rational-Emotive Therapy (1975)

  • Anger: How to Live With and Without It.(1977)

  • Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy (1977) with Russell Greiger

  • Brief Psychotherapy in Medical and Health Practice (1979)

  • Overcoming Procrastination or How to Think and Act Rationally in Spite of Life's Inevitable Hassles Or How to Think and Act Rationally in Spite of Life's Inevitable Hassles (1979) with William J. Knaus

  • How to Live With a Neurotic (1979)

  • Case Against Religion: A Psychotherapists View and the Case Against Religiosity (1980)

  • Guide to Personal Happiness (1983) by Albert Ellis and Irving M. Becker

  • Overcoming Resistance: Rational-Emotive Therapy for Difficult Clients (1985)

  • Rational-Emotive Therapy with Alcoholics and Substance Abusers (1988)

  • Rational/Emotive Couples Therapy (1989)

  • Why Some Therapies Don't Work: The Dangers of Transpersonal Psychology (1989) with Raymond J. Yeager

  • When AA Doesn't Work For You : Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol (1992) with Emmett Velten
    The first book that applies the insights of rational-emotive therapy to the recovery from problem drinking.

  • The Art & Science of Rational Eating (1992) with Lidia Abrams and Mike Abrams
    This is the first book to systematically explore the biological psychological causes of eating disorders and how to control them using the principles of rational emotive therapy (RET) and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT).

    The Art and Science of Rational Eating teaches RET principles of unconditional self- acceptance; how to always accept and endorse oneself--even when some eating or other behaviors are self-defeating. This is the path toward successful self-control and weight control.

  • How to Cope With a Fatal Illness: The Rational Management of Death and Dying (1994) with Mike Abrams

  • Better, Deeper And More Enduring Brief Therapy: The Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Approach (1995)
    Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, describes how REBT can help clients significantly improve in a short period of time and effect a profound philosophical-emotional-behavioral change-more often that can be achieved with other popular forms of therapy. In a comprehensive, accessible format, Dr. Ellis offers his theories, practices, verbatim sessions, and other materials that help describe how REBT can be a valuable asset in psychotherapeutic treatment.

  • How To Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons (1995) with Arthur Lange

  • Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did (1996) by with Philip Tate, Ph.D.
    This practical, comprehensive, and easy to use book helps alcohol abusers understand their behavior, but provides practical steps that anyone can use to solve an alcohol problem. Written by a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, this book includes chapters on overcoming low self-esteem, depression, stress, attending self-help groups, and living a better life after quitting. Each chapter contains specific self-help techniques. Recommended by SMART Recovery.

  • The Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (1997)

  • How To Control Your Anger Before It Controls You (1998) with Raymond Chip Tafrate

  • Optimal Aging: Get Over Getting Older (1998) with Emmett Velten

  • How To Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You (2000)

  • How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything: Yes Anything! (2000)

  • Making Intimate Connections: Seven Guidelines for Great Relationships and Better Communication (2000) with Ted Crawford
    This is the first book to apply Dr. Ellis's famous "Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy" principles to intimate relationships. The seven guidelines for better couple communication offered in this user-friendly guide emphasize non-blaming acceptance, integrity, mutual support, appreciation, replacing irrational ideas and expectations with realistic attitudes. Dozens of real-life couple vignettes show readers how they can readily learn and implement the seven guidelines in their own lives.

    Dr. Ellis's realistic, objective perspective provides practical and authoritative guidance couples can use to improve their relationships -- no "pie-in-the-sky" solutions. MAKING INTIMATE CONNECTIONS is an effective resource for couples seeking greater closeness, intimate partners who are willing to make "unilateral" changes, marriage and family therapists -- a breakthrough relationship guide from the father of rational therapy.

  • The Albert Ellis Reader: A Guide to Well-Being Using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (2000), Albert Ellis and  Shawn Blau, eds.

  • The Secret of Overcoming Verbal Abuse: Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster and Regaining Control of Your Life (2000) with Marcia Grad Powers

  • Why Am I Always Broke?: How to Be Sane About Money (2000) with Patricia A. Hunter

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy With Religious Persons: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Approach (2001) with Stevan Lars Nielsen and W. Brad Johnson
    Practitioners are increasingly aware that religious persons present unique problems and challenges in therapy. Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is among the most widely practiced, highly structured and active directive approaches to treating emotional and behavioral problems. Introduced by Albert Ellis in the early 1950s, REBT is the original cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and its efficacy has been supported by hundreds of treatment outcome studies.

    A uniquely belief-focused therapy, REBT is usually quite appealing to clients from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other religious traditions, who respond favorably to REBT's focus on right belief, active engagement in the work of therapy, and reading/practice focused homework.

    In this practical and user-friendly guide, the authors outline the congruence between the therapeutic approach of REBT and the presenting problems and concerns of religious persons. They describe an approach to reconciling the sacred traditions and beliefs of religious clients with the no nonsense techniques of REBT. They review the essential components of practice with religious clients--including assessment, diagnosis and problem formulation, disputation of irrational beliefs, and other REBT techniques, highlight the primary obstacles facing the therapist when treating religious clients, and offer many case examples from work with this important client population.

    Mental health professionals from all backgrounds will benefit from the detailed yet manual-focused approach to helping religious clients overcome all forms of emotional distress.

  • Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings, and Behaviors: New Directions for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (2001)

  • Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better: Profound Self-Help Therapy For Your Emotions (2001)
    "Feeling better," says Dr. Albert Ellis, "is crucial to successful therapy. Getting better is even more important." The most well-known and highly respected psychotherapist of our time offers a "three-pronged" system for maintaining -- or regaining -- emotional health. Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better presents the author's 50 years of psychotherapy experience and wisdom in a practical guide for the rest of us. Healthy thinking, healthy emotions, and healthy behavior are explained, with detailed examples and procedures for building lasting emotional well-being.

  • Case Studies in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2002) with Jerry Wilde
    Preeminent psychologist Dr. Albert Ellis combines forces with other renowned therapists to create this rare and inclusive book that captures the realities of counseling with children. Rather than using a traditional case study approach, this work features verbatim transcripts that convey real issues ranging from anger management and self-esteem to peer pressure and bed-wetting. For child therapists and counselors.

  • Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach (2002)

  • Ask Albert Ellis: Straight Answers and Sound Advice from America's Best-Known Psychologist (2003)
    The most well-known and highly respected psychotherapist of our time responds to reader questions submitted to the "Ask Dr. Ellis" website. The answers present the most concise, "reader-friendly" description yet of the author's Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy method -- REBT -- used by thousands of therapists around the world, to the benefit of hundreds of thousands of grateful clients. Ellis distills fifty years of psychotherapy experience and wisdom in this practical guide for the rest of us. Healthy thinking, healthy emotions, and healthy behavior are explained, with examples and procedures for building lasting emotional well-being.
    ASK ALBERT ELLIS is a book for anyone who wants help in dealing with anxiety, depression, anger, psychotherapy clients who want to enhance the effectiveness of therapy, and individuals who want to understand more about REBT. This is also an important resource for the professional (and lending) libraries of psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and clinics.

    Sample questions from the text: What is REBT, and how does it differ from other therapies? Is it really possible to change a long-standing emotional disturbance? Is forgiveness necessary for effective recovery from betrayal? How can we make ourselves happy? How can I help my partner to achieve sexual fulfillment? Are we completely governed by our heredity and environment, or do we have any control? Is it possible to recover from bad therapy? My nine-year-old daughter is suffering from depression; how can I help her? How can I overcome the pain of my lover's unfaithfulness? What are the major irrational beliefs people hold? How does REBT help one overcome guilty feelings? What is "unconditional self acceptance"? Is REBT compatible with religious beliefs?

  • Dating, Mating, And Relating: How to Build a Healthy Relationship (2003)

  • How to Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything: Yes Anything! (2003)

  • Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century (2003)
    This book combats the current state of censured sexuality through the promotion of self-acceptance.

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: It Works For Me -- It Can Work For You (2004)

  • The Road To Tolerance: The Philosophy of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (2004)
    In this overview of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy-Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)-its creator and chief advocate, Albert Ellis, explains the principles underlying this therapeutic approach and shows how beneficial it can be. REBT promotes an attitude of tolerance-an open-minded willingness to accept the frailties, less-than-ideal behaviors, and unique characteristics of both others and ourselves. Ellis persuasively demonstrates that lack of tolerance of others, which fails to account for the great diversity of human personalities and behaviors, can become a serious disruptive force in today's multicultural global society.
    In emphasizing how easy it is for all of us to think, feel, and act narrow-mindedly, Ellis brilliantly shows that tolerance is a deliberate, rational choice that we can all make, both for the good of ourselves and the world.

  • The Myth of Self-Esteem: How Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Can Change Your Life Forever (2005)
    Many psychologists preach the importance of self-esteem, but on closer analysis the meaning of self-esteem often amounts to little more than basing our sense of self-worth on the success of our achievements or relationships. In this insightful exploration of true self-acceptance, Albert Ellis criticizes the traditional definition of self-esteem, calling it conditional self-acceptance—i.e., we feel good about ourselves only on condition that we fulfill certain ambitions and personal desires. Ellis proposes instead Unconditional Self-Acceptance (U.S.A.)—learning to appreciate our unique personalities no matter what good or bad actions we do or how successful our relationships turn out to be. This more realistic approach, Ellis points out, helps us to avoid the common pitfall of failing to live up to our (often unrealistic) expectations and the consequent feelings of self-denigration, low esteem, and depression, which impede our ability to tackle life’s challenges.

    Ellis provides a historical review of the concepts of self-esteem and self-acceptance, examining the thinking of great religious teachers, philosophers, and psychologists—including Lao Tsu, Jesus, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Buber, Heidegger, Sartre, Tillich, D.T. Suzuki, the Dalai Lama, Carl Rogers, and Nathaniel Branden, among others. He then provides exercises for training oneself to change self-defeating habits to the healthy, positive approach of self-acceptance. These include specific thinking techniques as well as emotive and behavioral exercises. He concludes by stressing that unconditional self-acceptance is the basis for establishing healthy relationships with others, through Unconditional Other-Acceptance (UOA) and a total philosophy of life anchored in Unconditional Life-Acceptance (ULA).

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A Therapist's Guide (2005) with Catharine MacLaren
    This up-to-date comprehensive guidebook -- an all-new, revised resource for practicing therapists from the father of rational therapy -- includes thorough discussions of theory and procedures, case examples, and dozens of exercises. Modern cognitive-behavioral therapy has its roots in the rational approach created by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. Now known as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Ellis's systematic, integrative approach has grown and matured into a powerful mainstream psychotherapy. Hundreds of thousands of patients have benefited from the active interventions of therapists using the REBT model. Major themes in this user-friendly manual: Theory of REBT; Practice of REBT; Main Cognitive Techniques; Main Emotive and Experiential Techniques; Main Behavioral Techniques; Integration of REBT with Other Therapies; Summary and Conclusions.

  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Approaches to Childhood Disorders: Theory, Practice and Research (2005), Albert Ellis and Michael E. Bernard, eds.
    Since the groundbreaking first edition of Rational Emotive Approaches to the Problems of Childhood by Albert Ellis and Michael Bernard two decades ago, our understanding of the nature and treatment of children’s problems has grown considerably. Now in a completely new volume, Albert Ellis and children’s REBT specialist Professor Michael Bernard have revised and updated this pioneering volume to reflect both the latest in clinical practice and research.

    Fourteen expert contributors (including many from the original) share with the editors a deep commitment to integrating REBT with other cognitive-behavioral methods, and to providing young people with developmentally appropriate care. Together they give readers a practical framework for conducting assessment, treatment, and prevention with individuals, clients and groups as well as in family and school settings.

  • How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable (1999)

  • All Out!: An Autobiography (2007)
    Albert Ellis, the renowned creator of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy — Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) — tells all in this candid autobiography. Ellis recounts the memorable episodes of his life from his earliest years to the present; discusses how he coped with emotional problems at different stages of life; describes his love life; and subjects his own self-description to a ruthlessly honest critique.
    The heart of Ellis’s book is his analysis of the psychological leitmotifs that have appeared again and again throughout his life. He describes the aim of this autobiography as follows:

    "As far as I can, I shall present my bad and good, stupid and intelligent, weak and strong points. Why? Because, following H. G. Wells’s recommendation, I want to go as all-out as I can. I want to acknowledge my idiocies—and use REBT to feel sorry about but unashamed of them. I want to make the point—again a central tenet of REBT—that all humans are fabulously fallible—including, of course, me. We have no real choice about this, but we can unconditionally accept ourselves—our so-called essence or being—with our fallibility. That will momentously help us, probably encourage us to acquire unconditional self-acceptance (USA) and possibly inspire other people to give it to themselves, too."

    Describing his emotional makeup as a paradoxical combination of high-frustration tolerance and low-frustration tolerance, Ellis says that the former quality allowed him to become a well-known and often-acclaimed achiever. But sometimes low-frustration tolerance got the better of him, and then he became his own worst saboteur, preventing himself from doing what he really wanted. Some "alluring and gruesome examples" of his low-frustration tolerance are provided.

    A tour de force of stimulating ideas, colorful descriptions of memorable people and events, and straightforward, no-nonsense talk, All Out! is the definitive summation of the life and work of one of psychology’s most successful thinkers and practitioners.

  • Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach (2007)
    Ellis Institute, New York City, NY. Provides information on the underlying causes of resisting cognitive-emotional-behavior change and the methods used to overcome it. Presents an overview of the basic principles of Rational E-motive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. DNLM: Psychotherapy, Rational-Emotive--methods.

See also:
  • The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach (1951)
    Introduction By Dr. Albert Ellis

  • Favorite Counseling and Therapy Homework Assignment: Leading Therapists Share Their Most Creative Strategiess (2000), Albert Ellis and Howard G. Rosenthal, eds.
    Howard Rosenthal takes the reader into the offices of 56 of the finest therapists in the world to learn their favorite counseling and therapy homework assignments. The text literally reads like a Who's Who in therapy, packing in more famous therapists than any book of its kind. This lively, innovative book promises to become a classic in the field of helping and is the perfect sequel to Dr. Rosenthal's bestselling Favorite Counseling and Therapy Techniques.

  • Albert Ellis: American Revolutionary (2007) by David Burns and Emmett Velten
    Focusing on Albert Ellis's formulation of the key concepts of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, the original form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, this unconventional biography describes how the techniques he devised to deal with his personal problems, such as severe illnesses, stage fright, and pathological shyness, directly affected his professional theories and techniques. Also covered are Ellis's decades-long struggles to promote his theories and the tremendous resistance to those theories in the psychological and psychiatric establishments. Ellis's revolutionary political activites as a young man are described at length, as well as his famous feud with Ayn Rand, his numerous contributions to the field of sexology, his courageous battles in the 1950s and 1960s against the forces of sexual repression, and his relationships with such notable figures as Alfred Kinsey, Lenny Bruce, and Paul Kantner.

  • Under the Influence (2007) by Emmett Velten
    With prominent contributors—including Albert Ellis, considered the most famous living psychologist and developer of the original cognitive behavior therapy—this collection of essays establishes the primacy of Ellis's writings on a number of topics in psychotherapy. In doing so, it brings down to earth the claims of some of the more profound error-makers and suggests the plausible, rather than the claimed, source of their insights and their real place in the psychotherapy family tree. Discussions on treatment of anxiety disorders, marital therapy, biological influences, evolutionary psychology, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy are included. Contributors include Emmett Velten, Ricks Warren, and Diana R. Richman.

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