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A Guide to Rational Living

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Powerful

    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 th idea that our thoughts cause our emotions and influence our behaviors. Ellis believes 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. Beware, there are multiple editions of this book. To get the latest edition with the most content make sure you have the 3rd 1975 printing(august). It should have 23 chapters. Earlier editions do not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    This is a book that everyone should read who is interested in learning about REBT or those who need self help.

    This book was useful in learning about REBT therapy and how it works. Very good source for self help as well as an educational source.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    After my divorce I found myself in a state chaos. I found it difficult to put the pieces back to together and go with my life, but one night I came to the realization that I was following a self defeating pattern for so many years that I believe it was normal behavior. I subjected everyone around to complete irrational behavior and would blame the world when things fell apart in relationship and in other important aspects of my life until I did some research on behavior. I came across your usual psychological Mumbo Jumbo, but when I read an article on REBT I was on my way to a life changing experience. I purchased 'A Guide to Rational Living' and it was as if someone turned on the light switch and I could finally see how my behavior was destroying everything around me. I read this book so many times that I felt I had the true secret to happiness in my hands and had to share it with everyone I knew. I've heard people say that they've had life altering experiences, but not until I implemented REBT into my life could I appreciate such an idea. Please, please, please get this book and keep with you at all times. I assure you it will be the most important book you have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2006

    This is one of those books you keep with you for life

    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 th idea that our thoughts cause our emotions and influence our behaviors. Ellis believes ( he is still alive ) 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. Beware, there are multiple editions of this book. To get the latest edition with the most content make sure you have the 3rd 1975 printing(august). It should have 23 chapters. Earlier editions do not.

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