A Guide to Rational Living

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If you have the rigorous honesty necessary to conduct self-analysis, this book can be the most important one you have read. For although it makes no promises, it can help you more than all the other self-help books put together. Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy can teach any intelligent person how to stop feeling miserable about practically anything. Direct, get-to-the-heart-of-the-problem methods teach you what you often do to needlessly upset yourself and what you can do, instead, to make yourself ...
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Overview

If you have the rigorous honesty necessary to conduct self-analysis, this book can be the most important one you have read. For although it makes no promises, it can help you more than all the other self-help books put together. Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy can teach any intelligent person how to stop feeling miserable about practically anything. Direct, get-to-the-heart-of-the-problem methods teach you what you often do to needlessly upset yourself and what you can do, instead, to make yourself emotionally stronger. These practical, proven methods of changing your self-defeating emotions and behaviors reflect the authors' vast experience as therapists and as teachers of therapists from all over the world, and have been backed by literally hundreds of research studies. A Guide to Rational Living provides much sought-after answers for individuals with problems, and it can help everyone to feel better about themselves and to deal with their lives more effectively.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879800420
  • Publisher: Wilshire Book Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 78,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Foreword vii
Introduction to the Third Edition, Revised and Updated xi
1 How Far Can You Go With Self-therapy? 1
2 You Largely Feel the Way You Think 9
3 Feeling Well by Thinking Straight 17
4 How You Create Your Feelings 23
5 Thinking Yourself Out of Emotional Disturbances 35
6 Recognizing and Reducing Neurotic Behavior 45
7 Overcoming the Influences of the Past 59
8 Is Reason Always Reasonable? 71
9 Refusing to Feel Desperately Unhappy 87
10 Tackling Your Dire Need for Approval 101
11 Reducing Your Dire Fears of Failure 115
12 How to Stop Blaming and Start Living 127
13 How to Feel Frustrated but not Depressed or Enraged 139
14 Controlling Your Own Emotional Destiny 155
15 Conquering Anxiety and Panic 163
16 Acquiring Self-discipline 177
17 Rewriting Your Personal History 187
18 Accepting and Coping With the Grim Facts of Life 197
19 Overcoming Inertia and Getting Creatively Absorbed 207
20 Additional Rational Approaches to a Good Life 213
21 Additional Emotive and Behavioral Approaches to A Good Life 227
22 Research Evidence Supporting the Principles and Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy 241
23 Acquiring Profound Rational Philosophies to Make Yourself Remarkably Less Disturbed and Less Disturbable 245
Selected References 255
Index 275
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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

    I Also Recommend:

    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

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    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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