“Guide To Rational Living” by Dr. Albert Ellis is his flagship book about his work and REBT.
REBT == Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy ( a type of cognitive therapy that started developing shortly before the standard CBT we know of today ).
Dr. Ellis’s views about psychology and REBT changed much since this book was originally published in 1961. There are many out of date editions for sale onliine.
To get the latest edition with the most up to date content make sure you have the 3rd 1975 (august) edition. For some reason some book sites list this publishing year as 1997. Regardless, the edition you buy should have 23 chapters. Earlier editions do not.
Earlier editions are also obsolete in having views Dr. Ellis strongly recanted as his own experience taught him new things.
This should be your table of contents:
Foreward by Melvin Powers
Introduction to the Third Editiion,Revised and Updated
- How Far Can You Go With Self-therapy?
- You Largely Feel the Way You Think
- Feeling Well by Thinking Straight
- How You Create Your Feelings
- Thinking Yourself Out of Emotional Disturbances
- Recognizing and Reducing Neurotic Behavior
- Overcoming the Influences of the Past
- Is Reason Always Reasonable?
- Refusing to Feel Desperately Unhappy
- Tackling Your Dire Need for Approval
- Reducing Your Dire Fears of Failure
- How to Stop Blaming and Start Living
- How to Feel Frustrated but not Depressed or Enraged
- Controlling Your Own Emotional Destiny
- Conquering Anxiety and Panic
- Acquiring Self-discipline
- Rewriting Your Personal History
- Accepting and Coping With the Grim Facts of Life
- Overcoming Inertia and Getting Creatively Absorbed
- Additional Rational Approaches to a Good Life
- Additional Emotive and Behavioral Approaches to A Good Life
- Research Evidence Supporting the Principals and Practice of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
- Acquiring Profound Rational Philosophies to Make Yourself Remarkably Less Disturbed and Less Disturbable.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-4961 ISBN 0-87980-042-9
New content is appended to very old content in this book. To get the best representation of Dr. Ellis’s latest views and to get an emphasis of what Dr. Ellis thought were the most important concepts at the end of his life I reccomend starting with chapter 20, reading the book to the end and then reading the book from the begining.
This book is the first book the great psychologist Albert Ellis wrote on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy ( REBT – later known as “cognitive therapy“). I also think it is one of the best.
REBT is built on the idea that our thoughts cause our emotions and influence our behaviors. Ellis believed that people can change their emotions as well as their behaviors by disputing their irrational thoughts with facts and reason.
In this book he goes through what he believes are the top 10 irrational ideas that cause most people to experience unpleasant emotions needlessly.
Ellis is not known for being a great writer, but in this book he pulls it together. The tone is direct as well as clear, free of psychobabble, and you never doubt that you are being addressed by one of the great psychological minds of the 20th century.
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