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Introduction to book and authors Written by the creators of Cognitive Behavior Therapy CT and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy REBT Albert Ellis PhD and Robert A Harper PhD A Guide to Rational Living serves as a tool for self-therapy for those who are willing to work using the techniques listed in this book By using these techniques one can learn to change their irrational beliefs or IBs IBs are beliefs that something ABSOLUTLY MUST happen and it is COMPLETELY AWFUL or TERRIBLE if it does not The goal of this book is to teach individuals how to change the IBs to rational beliefs RBs such as It is PREFERRED that something happens and though it may be inconvenient or painful if it doesnt its not COMPLETELY AWFUL or TERRIBLE Studies by many well known Psychologists and Psychiatrists have shown that by changing their belief system individuals feelings and behaviors improve Along with the studies the authors of A Guide to Rational Living have used these methods and have strong backgrounds in these methods that help boost the evidence Born in Pittsburgh Albert Ellis PhD holds MA and PhD degrees in psychology both from Columbia University He is the founder of REBT and the originator of modern Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT Dr Ellis has practiced Psychotherapy marriage and family counseling and sex therapy for over 50 years and is the president of The Albert Ellis Institute in New York and along with receiving top awards from several professional societies he has authored over 40 books Robert A Harper PhD has taught at leading universities including Ohio State University where he received training in psychology anthropology and sociology Dr Harper was in private practice for over 40 years in Washington DC and has served as president of several Mental Health organizations He is now retired -2- Four things Ive learned 1 Overcoming the past
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