Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is the vigorous pioneering cognitive approach that heralded in the cognitive revolution that began in the mid-20th century in the fields of psychotherapy, psychology, and counseling. It was created and developed by Albert Ellis (1913–2007), who wrote more than 85 published books and more than 2,000 published articles about REBT, beginning in the early 1950s and throughout his lifetime. REBT is unique in its strong emphasis on the benefits of experiencing and practicing unconditional acceptance and in the precision and vigor it encourages people to employ in their disputation of unhealthy irrational beliefs. It is an active-directive, humanistic approach and is infused with compassion. It is effective as a brief therapy approach as well as for long-term therapy and group ...

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