Using RET Effectively

Reflections and Interview
  • Albert Ellis
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Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

I would never have created rational-emotive therapy (RET) had I not been very interested in efficiency. From 1943 to 1953, I was mainly psychoanalytic, but after training in classical psychoanalysis and using it for six years, I fully realized how ineffective it was (even though my clients liked it and thought they had significantly improved). So in 1953, I began to call myself a psychotherapist rather than an analyst and became eclectic in my approach (Ellis, 1955a,b). But I still found most theories and techniques much less effective than I thought therapy could be and, at the beginning of 1955, combined philosophical with behavior therapy to start RET and become the grandfather of the cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) movement (Ellis, 1957a,b, 1958, 1962, 1972c).

Keywords

Irrational Belief Borderline Personality Disorder Frustration Tolerance Severe Borderline Personality Disorder High Frustration Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Rational-Emotive TherapyNew YorkUSA

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