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Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Religious Beliefs and Practices

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In 1956, psychologist Albert Ellis gave up practicing psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy and began what he first called “rational therapy” and what is now called “rational-emotive behavior therapy.” However, Ellis continued at least one Freudian tradition. He took a dim view on religion. Nevertheless, within 15 years, papers appeared showing the compatibility between what was by then known as rational-emotive therapy and Christian beliefs and practices.

Even as an adolescent, Ellis had been attracted to philosophy. When he established his new treatment, he incorporated philosophic points of view from around the world. The treatment approach was philosophic because it began by asking, “What is the good life, and what is the means of obtaining it?” His answer was ...

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