Pioneering therapist explains his philosophy

Albert Ellis trained as a psychotherapist in the 50s but soon decided Freudian therapy was just too slow and passive. He developed his own methods, now called Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, designed to get results more quickly. This laid the foundations for what has become known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – a very successful modern form of treatment.

Here he explains his forthright philosophy of life and why he doesn’t care what other people think – unless they’re patients of course!

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Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". You can follow PsyBlog by email, by RSS feed, on Twitter and Google+.

Published: 25 January 2005

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