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Author Ellis, Albert, 1913-2007.

Title The road to tolerance : the philosophy of rational emotive behavior therapy / Albert Ellis.

Publication Info. Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2004.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  616.8914 E47RO    Check Shelf
Description 271 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 250-256) and index.
Contents Philosophic foundations of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) -- Core philosophies that people use to disturb themselves and that they can radically change -- Attempts to take a middle road between empirical science and spiritual and religious philosophies -- Does faith actually help believers in religious and spiritual philosophies to improve their mental health? -- Using rational emotive behavior therapy with people who believe in religion -- The dangers of extreme, absolutistic, and fanatical religious and spiritual philosophies -- My prejudices about encouraging religious philosophies and practices -- Zen Buddhism and rational emotive behavior therapy -- The social philosophy of rational emotive behavior therapy -- The political and economic philosophy of rational emotive behavior therapy -- A consideration of "rational" and "irrational" spirituality.
Summary Publisher description: In this overview of one of the most successful forms of psychotherapy-Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)-its creator and chief advocate, Albert Ellis, explains at length the principles underlying this therapeutic approach and shows how beneficial it can be, not only for therapy but also as a basic philosophy of life. As the title indicates, REBT promotes an attitude of tolerance, an open-minded willingness to accept the frailties, less-than-ideal behaviors, and unique characteristics of both others and ourselves. Ellis persuasively demonstrates that lack of tolerance of our own imperfections can easily lead to emotional disturbances and unhappiness. And intolerance of others, which fails to account for the great diversity of human personalities and behaviors, can become a serious disruptive force in today₂s highly diverse, multicultural global society. To counter such negative tendencies, Ellis advocates the adoption and practice of three basic attitudes of tolerance: (1) Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA); (2) Unconditional Other-Acceptance (UOA); and (3) Unconditional Life-Acceptance (ULA). He discusses the philosophical foundations of these principles and then devotes a number of chapters to comparing REBT to spiritual and religious philosophies. He points out the dangers of fanatical tendencies in religion while also showing how the basic principles of REBT are similar to some ancient religious philosophies such as Zen Buddhism and the Judeo-Christian Golden Rule. In addition, he criticizes certain secular philosophies for their extremism, including Fascism and Ayn Rand's Objectivism, and he also discusses the ramifications of applying REBT in the social, political, and economic sphere. In emphasizing how easy it is for all of us to think, feel, and act intolerantly, Ellis brilliantly shows that tolerance is a deliberate, rational choice that we can all make, both for the good of ourselves and for the good of the world.
Subject Rational emotive behavior therapy.
Psychotherapy, Rational-Emotive -- methods.
ISBN 1591022371 paperback alkaline paper
9781591022374 paperback alkaline paper
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