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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Part Two: The ABCs, with Debbie Joffe Ellis

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Published on Feb 3, 2016

Debbie Joffe Ellis, wife of the late Albert Ellis, founder of REBT, is a licensed Australian psychologist and is licensed in NY as mental health counselor. She has a doctorate in alternative medicine from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines in affiliation with the World Health Organization, from which she has also received a gold medal (1993) in recognition of her service in the field of alternative medicine. She is coauthor, with her late husband, of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and also his autobiography, All Out! She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Teachers College.

Here she describes the sequence of processes in rational emotive behavior therapy, using the acronym ABCDE. Activating events, mediated by our belief systems, lead to consequences. Irrational beliefs are then disputed vigorously and replaced by more effective, rational beliefs. She notes the hostility Albert Ellis first encountered when he initially presented his theories of psychotherapy, pointing out that he used his own techniques to cope with the challenges he faced. She also points out that Ellis used in vivo desensitization techniques to deal with his own early life anxieties regarding talking to women and also public speaking. She mentions the influence that REBT has had on cognitive behavior therapy, positive psychology, coaching, and other psychological trends.

New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He serves as dean of transformational psychology at the University of Philosophical Research. He teaches parapsychology for ministers in training with the Centers for Spiritual Living through the Holmes Institute. He has served as vice-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and is the recipient of its Pathfinder Award for outstanding contributions to the field of human consciousness. He is also past-president of the non-profit Intuition Network, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which all people are encouraged to cultivate and apply their inner, intuitive abilities.

(Recorded on January 20, 2016)

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