Albert Ellis: Evolution of a Revolution: Selections from the Writings of Albert Ellis, Ph.D.
You can even use dreams to stimulate the discussion and identify some of the irrational beliefs.
REBT is not afraid of anything. It can be used in any situation, to look at any emotion, any thought, no matter wherever it comes from. A session starts from the present and may look to create healthy goals for the future. If you change your cognition, emotions and behaviors will also change. When I change my way of thinking, am I also changing my brain? You are talking about neuroplasticity. You know, when my husband created REBT in the nineteen forties there was no technology to study the brain like there is now.
My husband was ahead of his time in so many ways! Al was member of Mensa, an international organization which condition of being a member is having exceptionally high IQ. Al had an exceptionally gifted and brilliant mind, his IQ was in the highest percentile of IQ along with the likes of Einstein. He had the intuition that this was an appropriate period to install new habits, both behavioral and mental ones. Now research supports that 30 days is a good period of time to affect the synaptic behavior in the brain.
If we are persistent these new routes become stronger, and the old ones weaken or are extinguished. In fact, it is the same person with new brain circuits, more rational. This rational way of thinking provides healthy emotions and effective behaviors to achieve goals. I could say the same about Mindfulness. Research now supports the effects of Mindfulness and focus. Al talked about Mindfulness sixty years ago, when that term was rarely used in Western society. Al recommended mindfulness as homework because he knew it would be helpful to get the routine of focusing on the present and being aware of our thoughts.
Al had a huge sense of humor. This is another of his unique qualities which he integrated into his methodology. He loved to write lyrics of songs and in his workshops, he and attendees together would sing his Rational Emotive Songs. Singing and music stimulate some parts of the brain.
The frontal wall of the bar is a large panoramic crystal that brings us a wonderful view of the Lincoln Center surroundings. We look outside and realize that it is getting dark. It is surprising to me that the City is hardly crowded. Almost there are no pedestrians and no traffic on the street. It is because of the weather tonight. Meteorologists advised people only to go outside if it was urgent, especially after the sunset.
But this is only a very little adversity! You and me are now here, in a lovely place, sheltered from cold, sharing a coffee and a nice conversation. We can choose to enjoy it or we could also start complaining about how cold will be outside when we go back home. It is so much better if we focus on this delicious present moment. Extrapolate this insignificant example to any circumstance in your life. You have the choice to focus on what you want.
Do it always on the good things that your life offers to you day by day, feel grateful about them. This is the way of thinking that my husband preached and he continued to remind everybody.
He was an example of rational thinking and living. With that way of thinking, he could overcome his fear of public speaking, or his fear of rejection from women that he had suffered from when very young. Al practiced REBT on himself and encouraged others to take healthy risks at times, even if afraid to do so. Al was very, very assertive with his clients: And if you die, you die! We will give you a very nice funeral! He was convinced about human capacity to transform, about our own potential.
He was a visionary ahead of his times. However, we have the potential to transform ourselves, to be extraordinary in terms of not succumbing to the easy tendency to make ourselves anxious or depressed, for example. We can think of him as a model for doing so. We are fallible humans, and sometimes we may continue to think and act in an irrational ways, as can those who we have relationships with.
It is irrational to think that everybody can always act in a rational way. Love, laugh, be grateful, cherish your life, accept what cannot be changed, put your sight in the present and have healthy goals for the future. I come back to the present and tell her the only words that come up my mind: Joffe Ellis has explained through her professional and personal relationship with Dr. Albert Ellis, how REBT was originated, which were the main theoretical sources of it, its methodological bases and its protocols. How it has been developed from an initial version focused on cognitive processes to the holistic dimension that it already has, taking into account cognition, emotions and behavior as inherent aspects of human being, which interconnection has to be considered as the main goal of psychotherapy.
The pioneer cognitive overturn that Dr. For further information see: Dedicated to her husband, the great pioneering and remarkable psychologist Albert Ellis PhD, they worked together for several years giving public presentations and professional trainings on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy REBT , as well as collaborating on writing and research projects, until his death in She continues to present, practice and write about his groundbreaking approach of REBT.
She currently has a private practice in New York City, and also delivers lectures, workshops and seminars throughout the U. She is a member of the American Psychological Association The authors have no funding to report.
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Abstract Recognized as one of the most influential thinkers and psychologists, Albert Ellis PhD revolutionized Psychology when he created the first cognitive psychotherapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. New York - January If next winter is not as cold as the last one, New York citizens will remember January as the iciest in decades.
Joffe Ellis sips from her coffee and her sight loses in time. Open in a separate window. Acknowledgments The authors have no support to report. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. No matter how many bad moves you have played and what important figures you have lost, you should concentrate to choose your next move rationally. In the REBT our main focus is to learn our clients new way of thinking, so they could play their life chess game in a victorious way in future.
I also like the great emphasize on unconditional self acceptance, because I think that it is the most important keeper of mental health. Comprehensive Method of Treating Human Disturbances: Evolution of a Revolution: Selections from the Writings of Albert Ellis, Ph. Reflections of Albert Ellis in the Work of Others.
Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings, and Behaviors: Essential Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.
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In junior high school Ellis set his sights on becoming the Great American Novelist. He planned to study accounting in high school and college, make enough money to retire at 30, and write without the pressure of financial need. The Great Depression put an end to his vision, but he made it through college in with a degree in business administration from the City University of New York.
His first venture in the business world was a pants-matching business he started with his brother.
In , he became the personnel manager for a gift and novelty firm. Ellis devoted most of his spare time to writing short stories, plays, novels, comic poetry, essays and nonfiction books. By the time he was 28, he had finished almost two dozen full-length manuscripts, but had not been able to get them published. They often asked for advice, and Ellis discovered that he liked counseling as well as writing.