"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 ...
"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.
Practical advice from the most well-known psychologist of our time
Distills a half-century of wisdom about human behavior into a concise manual
Reader-friendly, warm, down-to-earth style
FEELING BETTER, GETTING BETTER, STAYING BETTER is especially helpful to:
Individuals who are hurting emotionally and want to "get better"
Anyone who wants to learn how to maintain emotional health
Psychotherapy clients who want to enhance the effectiveness of therapy
Serious readers of self-help and self-improvement
Psychologists, divorce counselors, marriage and family therapists
Author Biography: Dr. Albert Ellis is the author of more than sixty-five books on psychotherapy, relationship therapy, and self-help, including Reason And Emotion In Psychotherapy, A Guide To Rational Living, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A Therapist's Guide, How To Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You, The Albert Ellis Reader, and How To Make Yourself Happy And Remarkably Less Disturbable.
Dr. Ellis has been rated by psychologists and counselors in the United States as one of the most influential psychologists (Carl Rogers came first and Sigmund Freud third) and by Canadian psychologists as number one in importance. He has revolutionized psychotherapy since 1955, when he created Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the first of the now popular cognitive behavior therapies.
Dr. Ellis is president of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, where he sees a large number of individual and group therapy clients, leads its psychotherapy training program, conducts research activities, and gives numerous talks and workshops every year, including his regular Friday Night workshop where he conducts demonstration interviews with people in public. He is also a very traveled speaker who gives many professional and public workshops throughout the world.
As the inventor of Rational-Emotive Psychotherapy (RET) more commonly known as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Ellis is generally considered the most influential living psychoanalyst. He argues that emotions that bother us anxiety, depression, guilt, anger are based on our thoughts about events that happen to us, not on the events themselves, and that we can systematically work to change these cognitive responses. This is the basis of most current short-term therapy and is the only approach that has been scientifically tested and found actually to help patients. One would naturally expect to welcome any self-help book written by such an important thinker. Unfortunately, this particular title doesn't deliver the goods, the main problem being that it is extremely repetitive. The three sections, "Feeling Better," "Getting Better," and "Staying Better," are essentially repetitions, reiterating the message that other approaches (e.g., meditation, religious faith, the quest for achievement) are palliatives, while RET will lead to lasting improvements. Perhaps the problem is that this book is aimed at too general an audience anyone with any kind of disturbing emotions. Libraries are better served by titles that explain cognitive-behavioral techniques for use with specific complaints, e.g., Joseph J. Luciani's Self-Coaching: How To Heal Anxiety and Depression (Wiley, 2001) and Fred Penzel's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide to Getting Well and Staying Well (Oxford Univ., 2000). Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.