Academic journal article et Cetera

Books -- How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything-Yes, Anything by Albert Ellis

Academic journal article et Cetera

Books -- How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything-Yes, Anything by Albert Ellis

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Albert Ellis. How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything--Yes, Anything. New York: Lyle Stuart, 1990.

Dr. Albert Ellis is well known to students of general semantics. In the introduction to A New Guide to Rational Living, Ellis acknowledges the importance of general semantics as an intellectual precursor to his theory of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). In How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything--Yes, Anything, Ellis again refers to general semantics as being a useful antidote to "crooked thinking (along with the principles of Epictetus, Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, and Karen Horney).

Ellis has an interesting way of thinking about unhappiness. In How to Refuse...he writes that "practically all human misery and serious emotional turmoil are quite unnecessary--not to mention unethical." He uses the term "unethical" because when one becomes severely anxious or depressed one is acting against oneself and such disturbances also have a negative effect on one's relationships with family, friends, and work groups.

To become more ethical and less unhappy he offers the reader the ABCs of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): Activating events (A) in your life do not mainly or directly cause your emotional Consequences (C). …

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