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Albert Ellis Quotes

An American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
(1913 - 2007)

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Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human.

Anyway, devout religionists are frequently attracted to and bound to their piety largely because it presumably offers them holier-than-thouness and one-up-man-ship over non-religionists...

As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing.

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.

Cognitive behavior therapy and rational emotive behavior therapy are much more popular with the public than they ever were.

For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.

Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.

From the start, I always included philosophic techniques as well as experiential, emotional and behavioral techniques.

I eventually gave up being an analyst. You had to be too passive and not speak up.

I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them.

I had a great many sex and love cases where people were absolutely devastated when somebody with whom they were compulsively in love didn't love them back. They were killing themselves with anxiety and depression.

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.

I hope to die in the saddle seat.

I just got fed up. I was ready to blow up. This country is about enforcing our laws and if we don't, we'll have chaos worse than we already do.

I just had a client this week who came to me after 10 years of Freudian therapy. He's in love with his analyst, and she is sort of in love with him.

I regret that I've been so busy with clinical work that I haven't been able to spend much time on experiments and outcome studies.

I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist.

I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition.

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.

I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.

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