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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS: Hi.My name is Debbie Joffe Ellis, and it'smy pleasure to share a few words with you here.I contributed a segment on the approach of rational emotivebehavior therapy to the SAGE Encyclopediaof Theory in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    • 00:21

      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: That's edited by Ed Neukrug, and he alsoinvited me to co-write with him a segmenton the work of my late, great husbandAlbert Ellis, who is the creator of rational emotive behaviortherapy, which was a major influence in heralding

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: in the cognitive revolution in counselling and psychotherapy.Evidence based, it's an active and directive approachinfused with compassion, infused with recommendations

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: about applying mindfulness, applyingunconditional acceptance towards oneself, towards others,and towards life itself.And about employing and feeling gratitude.Choosing what we focus on, not in a Pollyanna-ish way,

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: but in a realistic and positive way.REBT, with sterling clarity, distinguishes and definesthe difference between healthy, rational thinking,and unhealthy, irrational thinking.

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: REBT teaches us that it's not an event that creates an motion,but it's our perception of the event,the way we think about it, that createsthe corresponding emotion, and tells us that when we think

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: in healthy, rational ways.In response, for example, to adversity,to a deep disappointment, to a brutal event, whenwe think in rational, healthy ways,we create healthy emotions.In other words, emotions which are appropriate,

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: which don't debilitate us.Which still allow us to continue to lead a functional lifedespite and including any emotional pain, for example,if someone we love passes away, if we lose a job that we didn't

    • 03:01

      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: want to lose, or fail at somethingthat we wanted to succeed in.REBT clearly distinguishes between whatit calls the healthy negative emotions that we experiencein response to adversity when we thinkin healthy ways versus the unhealthy, debilitating,

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: negative emotions which we experienceif we think in irrational ways in response to adversity.An example might be healthy sadnessinstead of unhealthy, debilitating depression.Appropriate concern as opposed to often paralyzing

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: anxiety and or panic.Functional anger in response to injustice asopposed to often dangerous rage.REBT recommends that we not only apply the tenants to ourselves,

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: whether we're counselors, or simplyindividuals wanting to live healthier lives,but also recommends sharing it with other people.It incorporates social interest and sensitivity.It encourages care about our world, about our environment.

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: My late husband wrote many published books-- over 85--and close to 2,000 published articles.There's much material that he produced.I've also, not to that extent, written about it, most recently

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: for the encyclopedia.And so I encourage you to read about it, to learn about it,and to apply it to your practice,if that's your work, and more importantly, to yourself,so that you may minimize emotional suffering

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: in this life that will contain loss and suffering.But let's not add to it.Let's not create unnecessary suffering, and let'scherish this gift of life, the privilegeof working with other people in a role of counselors,psychologists, psychotherapists, and contributing

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      DEBBIE JOFFE ELLIS [continued]: whatever we can with kindness, realistic optimism,and positivity.Thank you.

REBT

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Debbie Joffe Ellis describes rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), an evidence-based, active and directive approach that applies unconditional acceptance toward onself, others and life itself. Ellis describes the difference between healthy rational thinking and unhealthy irrational thinking.

REBT

Debbie Joffe Ellis describes rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), an evidence-based, active and directive approach that applies unconditional acceptance toward onself, others and life itself. Ellis describes the difference between healthy rational thinking and unhealthy irrational thinking.

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