About Albert Ellis, Ph.D. and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

People are not disturbed by events, but by how they perceive them.
- Epictetus


Albert Ellis, Ph.D.

In 1955 Dr. Albert Ellis introduced the principles of REBT based upon Epictetus' observation (Ellis, A., and Grieger, R. [1977]. RET: Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy. New York: Springer Publishing Co.). Ellis developed a comprehensive model for effective living, including a psychotherapy to eliminate emotional disturbance and self-defeating behavior.

Your training at this Web site will be grounded in his work and that of the many Rational Emotive Behavior theorists who have followed his lead.

Here's an example:

A person, enraged because he has been cutoff by an inattentive driver on the freeway, may arrive home only to unload on his 9-year-old son for not taking out the garbage; he may yell or even strike the boy. Not only that, he may sit down to eat supper so upset that he becomes sick. Did the inattentive driver cause all that? Did his son actually make him that mad? What really happened here?

On the surface it looks like the driver made him mad. But what do you suppose was going through this father's mind at the time he was cutoff? Ideas like, "Hey, that jerk shouldn't drive like that! I can't stand it when people do that to me!"

When he arrives home only to find that his son doesn't do precisely as he is told, dad rehearses some similar beliefs: "How dare my son disobey me? I must be a lousy father if he treats me this way."

How do you suppose father will feel, if he keeps telling himself (and believing) things like that?

This Web site will introduce to you the ideas underlying REBT. Check the Albert Ellis Institute Bookstore included here to do some reading on your own. I especially recommend at this point, How to Stubbornly Refuse To Make Yourself Miserable About Anything—Yes, Anything! REVISED 2nd Edition, by Albert Ellis, Ph. D.

24-7 Help respects Dr. Albert Ellis and the Albert Ellis Institute, but is not in any way affiliated with or connected to either.

Sadly, Dr. Albert Ellis passed away on July 24, 2007. His impact on the field of psychotherapy is inestimable.

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