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Publisher's Summary

Repackaged with a stunning new cover and an insightful new foreword, this book is one of six Dr. Albert Ellis "How To" titles to be reissued by Citadel in 2016-2017. Widely recognized as a pioneer of 20th century psychotherapy, Albert Ellis's works have stood the test of time, and continue to serve as the cornerstone of the Albert Ellis Institute, which has centers in 6 American cities and 20 countries abroad. This acclaimed self-help classic has already helped thousands of readers/listeners to better their lives with the techniques and practices Dr. Ellis developed.
All of us worry about something, big or small, every day. But much of the emotional misery we feel is an overreaction, and it can be significantly reduced, using the techniques you'll find in this landmark book.
World renowned therapist Dr. Albert Ellis, who created Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), believed that anger, anxiety, and depression are not only unnecessary, they're unethical, because when we allow ourselves to become emotionally upset, we're being unfair and unjust to ourselves. Thinking negative thoughts is a choice we can refuse to make. Applying the proven, time-tested principles of REBT is a simple, logical way to find true mental health and happiness.
REBT acknowledges the power of emotions, but it also helps us understand which feelings are healthy and which are not. This classic book teaches you how to:

Retrain your brain to focus on the positive aspects of your life and face each obstacle without unnecessary despair
Control your emotional destiny
Refuse to upset yourself about upsetting yourself
Solve practical problems as well as emotional problems
Conquer the tyranny of "shoulds"
...and much more, providing all the tools you need to take back your life - and your happiness.

If you can refuse to make yourself miserable, you're that much closer to making yourself happy - every day.
©1988, 2006 Albert Ellis Institute (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Foreword © 2016 Albert Ellis Institute. Lyrics by Albert Ellis, © by Albert Ellis Institute.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous on 11-19-16

Secondary thoughts and feelings about primary thoughts and feelings

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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5 out of 5 stars
By scott on 07-09-17


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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