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(p. 3) Albert Ellis and the Philosophy of REBT 

(p. 3) Albert Ellis and the Philosophy of REBT
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(p. 3) Albert Ellis and the Philosophy of REBT
Author(s):

Raymond A. Digiuseppe

, Kristene A. Doyle

, Windy Dryden

, and Wouter Backx

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199743049.003.0001
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date: 21 September 2021

This chapter focus on the history of Albert Ellis and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and how influenced the field of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), and psychotherapy in general. Psychotherapy has become more active and directive and more integrative because of Ellis influence. Ellis developed a personal philosophy upon which he built a system of psychotherapy. The influence of Stoicism, Humanism, epistemology, and the philosophy of science specifically the works of Popper and Bartley are the foundations of the therapy. Challenging what one thinks and how best to do so is the basic process of change. The REBT model goes beyond helping clients develop insight that they have irrational beliefs and recognizing the errors of one’s thoughts. It is the importance of developing a new rational mode of thinking based on flexibility, self-acceptance, other-acceptance, acceptance of uncertainty, commitment and risk taking are the hallmarks of an adaptive philosophy of life.

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