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People upset themselves by their secondary thoughts and feelings about their primary thoughts and feelings. For example, irrational generalizations and judgmental requirements for life events create anxiety and stress. Rational views of these events eliminate unnecessary stress and anxiety. The concepts about judgements and feelings about life events are powerful and useful.
However, the book reads like one long footnote or symptom list. It should be edited.
A worthwhile read because the concepts are so psychologically useful in life.
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Be very careful. Dr. Ellis wrote so clearly and freshly that one may be tempted to skim parts of this book. Read this book several times because it is so crammed with common sense answers to some of the most baffling frustrations of life it could be easy to think "I already know this stuff it's common sense". That's where Dr. Ellis excels making very sophisticated understanding of the human predicament and to just plain common sense.
This book addresses maladies of people with only moderate issues but shouldn't be used for highly disordered people because they wouldn't have the ability in most cases or the motivation to be as disciplined as required by Dr. Ellis.
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