Albert Ellis was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. He held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University and American Board of Professional Psychology. He also founded and was the President of the New York City-based Albert Ellis Institute for decades. He is generally considered to be one of the originators of the cognitive revolutionary paradigm shift in psychotherapy and the founder of cognitive-behavioral therapies. Based on a 1982 professional survey of USA and Canadian psychologists, he was considered as the second most influential psychotherapist in history... (wikipedia)
Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.
The art of love is largely the art of persistence.
We teach people that they upset themselves. We can't change the past, so we change how people are thinking, feeling and behaving today.
You largely constructed your depression. It wasn't given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.
I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public.
Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.
I'm very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it - going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert.