The Practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, 2nd Ed.


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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of psychotherapy and a philosophy of living created by Albert Ellis in the 1950’s.

REBT (pronounced R.E.B.T.) is based on the premise that whenever we become upset, it is not the events taking place in our lives that upset us; it is the beliefs that we hold that cause us to become depressed, anxious, enraged, etc. The idea that our beliefs upset us was first articulated by Epictetus around 2,000 years ago: “Men are disturbed not by events, but by the views which they take of them.”

This updated edition modernizes Ellis’s pioneering theories, involving a unique collaboration between Albert Ellis and Windy Dryden, the world’s greatest Ellis scholar. The book begins with an explanation of rational emotive behavior therapy as a general treatment model and then addresses different treatment modalities, including individual, couple, family, and sex therapy. The authors have added material new since the book’s original edition on teaching the principles of unconditional self-acceptance in a structured group setting. It also includes extensive use of actual case examples to illustrate each of the different settings, and a new brand new foreword by Raymond DiGiuseppe that sets the book into its 21st-century context.

This book is part of the required reading for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training Course©.

Pricing for this book was updated by the publisher on 6/20/2012.

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Weight .9 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6.3 × .6 in

Springer Publishing Company




Albert Ellis, Ph.D.; Wendy Dryden, Ph.D.




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