Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis

Albert Ellis (September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007) was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed rational emotive behavior therapy. He held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University and American Board of Professional Psychology. He also founded and was the President of the New York City-based Albert Ellis Institute for decades.

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I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public.

People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.

Freud had a gene for inefficiency and I think I have a gene for efficiency.

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother the ecology or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.

I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955, later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist.

For that again is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.

You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you. Therefore you can deconstruct it.

I think it's unfair but they have the right as fallible screwed-up humans to be unfair, that's the human condition.

I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them.

I would have liked having children to some degree but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.

Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.

If I had been a member of the academic establishment I could have done other experiments.

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.

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