Ellis was now advocating a new more active and directive type of psychotherapy. In , he presented rational therapy RT. In RT, the therapist sought to help the client understand—and act on the understanding—that his personal philosophy contained beliefs that contributed to his own emotional pain. This new approach stressed actively working to change a client's self-defeating beliefs and behaviours by demonstrating their irrationality, self-defeatism and rigidity. Ellis believed that through rational analysis and cognitive reconstruction, people could understand their self-defeatingness in light of their core irrational beliefs and then develop more rational constructs.
In , Ellis began teaching his new techniques to other therapists, and by , he formally set forth the first cognitive behavioral therapy by proposing that therapists help people adjust their thinking and behavior as the treatment for emotional and behavioral problems. Two years later, Ellis published How to Live with a Neurotic , which elaborated on his new method.
There was mild interest, but few recognized that the paradigm set forth would become the zeitgeist within a generation. At that time, the prevailing interest in experimental psychology was behaviorism , while in clinical psychology it was the psychoanalytic schools of notables such as Freud, Jung , Adler, and Perls.
Despite the fact that Ellis' approach emphasized cognitive, emotive, and behavioral methods, his strong cognitive emphasis provoked the psychotherapeutic establishment with the possible exception of the followers of Adler. Consequently, he was often received with significant hostility at professional conferences and in print. His own therapeutical style was famed for often being delivered in a rough, confrontational style; however, it should not be confused with his rational-emotive and cognitive-behavioral therapy school that is practiced by his students and followers in a large variety of therapeutic styles e.
Despite the relative slow adoption of his approach in the beginning, Ellis founded his own institute. The Institute for Rational Living was founded as a non-profit organization in By , it was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as a training institute and psychological clinic. In and during the next two decades Ellis focuses part of his research on behavioral integrity through applied experimental psychology, focusing on reliability , honesty and loyalty as psychosocial behavior. Organizational commitment as a cognitive norm, evaluating concretely through images developed in his Institute.
In his book Personality Theories  developed with Mike Abrams and Lidia Dengelegi Abrams establish the opinions of evaluation of integrity understanding the reason of each personality can have a change in their attitude, reliability is the common factor of their samples taken and of the which great advances were obtained to look for a tool to work with the human mind. By the s, Ellis had come to be seen as one of the founders of the American sexual revolution.
Especially in his earlier career, he was well known for his work as a sexologist and for his liberal humanistic , and in some camps controversial  opinions on human sexuality.
He also worked with noted zoologist and sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and explored in a number of books and articles the topic of human sexuality and love. Sex and love relations were his professional interests even from the beginning of his career. Norman Haire , in his preface to Ellis' book Sex Beliefs and Customs , applauded the work of the Society for the Prevention of Venereal Disease while he ridiculed its rival, the National Council for Combating Venereal Disease, who argued that preventive measures such as condoms would encourage vice: Haire called them "the Society for the Prevention of the Prevention of Venereal Disease".
In , Ellis published his classic work Sex Without Guilt which came to be known for its advocacy of a liberal attitude towards sex. He contributed to Paul Krassner 's magazine The Realist ; among its articles, in he wrote if this be heresy Is pornography harmful to children? In , the American Psychiatric Association reversed its position on homosexuality by declaring that it was not a mental disorder and thus not properly subject to cure, and in , Ellis clarified his earlier views in Sex and the Liberated Man , expounding that some homosexual disturbed behaviors may be subject to treatment but, in most cases, that should not be attempted as homosexuality is not inherently good or evil, except from a religious viewpoint See "Ellis and religion", below.
In this book, he expounded and enhanced his humanistic view on sexual ethics and morality and dedicated a chapter on homosexuality to giving homosexuals advice and suggestion on how to more greatly enjoy and enhance their sexual love lives.
While preserving some of the ideas about human sexuality from the original, the revision described his later humanistic opinions and ethical ideals as they had evolved in his academic work and practice. In his original version of his book Sex Without Guilt , Ellis expressed the opinion that religious restrictions on sexual expression are often needless and harmful to emotional health.
He also famously debated religious psychologists, including Orval Hobart Mowrer and Allen Bergin , over the proposition that religion often contributed to psychological distress. Because of his forthright espousal of a nontheistic humanism, he was recognized in as Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association. By , he was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto. While Ellis' personal atheism and humanism remained consistent, his views about the role of religion in mental health changed over time. In early comments delivered at conventions and at his institute in New York City, Ellis overtly and often with characteristically acerbic delivery stated that devout religious beliefs and practices were harmful to mental health.
In "The Case Against Religiosity", a pamphlet published by his New York institute, he offered an idiosyncratic definition of religiosity as any devout, dogmatic and demanding belief. He noted that religious codes and religious individuals often manifest religiosity, but added that devout, demanding religiosity is also obvious among many orthodox psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, devout political believers and aggressive atheists.
Ellis was careful to state that REBT was independent of his atheism, noting that many skilled REBT practitioners are religious, including some who are ordained ministers. In his later days, he significantly toned down his opposition to religion. While Ellis maintained his firm atheistic stance, proposing that thoughtful, probabilistic atheism was likely the most emotionally healthy approach to life, he acknowledged and agreed with survey evidence suggesting that belief in a loving God can also be psychologically healthy.
Brad Johnson, describing principles for integrating religious material and beliefs with REBT during treatment of religious clients. Ellis was a lifelong advocate for peace and an opponent of militarism. While many of his ideas were criticized during the s and '60s by the psychotherapeutic establishment, his reputation grew immensely in the subsequent decades.
From the s on, his prominence was steadily growing as the cognitive behavioral therapies CBT were gaining further theoretical and scientific ground. In the late s, his institute launched a professional journal, and in the early 70s established "The Living School" for children between 6 and The school provided a curriculum that incorporated the principles of RE B T.
Despite its relative short life, interest groups generally expressed satisfaction with its programmer. Also in , in an analysis of psychology journals published in the US it was found that Ellis was the most cited author after Ellis with its award for "distinguished professional contributions". In addition Ellis also served as consulting or associate editor of many scientific journals. Many professional societies gave Ellis their highest professional and clinical awards.
In the mids, he renamed his psychotherapy and behavior change system rational emotive behavior therapy REBT. It was originally known as rational therapy and then rational-emotive therapy. This he did to stress the interrelated importance of cognition, emotion and behaviour in his therapeutic approach. In , he also updated and revised his original, classic book, Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy. Ellis's work extended into areas other than psychology, including education, politics, business and philosophy.
He eventually became a prominent and confrontational social commenter and public speaker on a wide array of issues.
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During his career he publicly debated a vast number of people who represented opposing views to his; this included for example debates with psychologist Nathaniel Branden on Objectivism and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz on the topic of mental illness. On numerous occasions he critiqued opposing psychotherapeutic approaches, and questioned some of the doctrines in certain dogmatic religious systems, i. From until the end of his life he led his famous Friday Night Workshops, in which he conducted therapy sessions with volunteers from the audience. The s found him introducing his popular "rational humorous songs" which combined humorous lyrics with a rational self-help message set to a popular tune.
Ellis also held workshops and seminars on mental health and psychotherapy all over the world until his 90s. Until he fell ill at the age of 92 in , Ellis typically worked at least 16 hours a day, writing books in longhand on legal tablets, visiting with clients, and teaching. On his 90th birthday in , he received congratulatory messages from well-known public figures such as then-President George W. He returned to work after a few months of supportive care. In , he was removed from all professional duties and from the board of his own institute after a dispute over the management policies of the institute.
Ellis was reinstated to the board in January after winning civil proceedings against the board members who removed him. The suit alleges a breach of a long-term contract with the AEI and sought recovery of the 45 East 65th Street property through the imposition of a constructive trust. Despite his series of health issues and profound hearing loss, Ellis never stopped working with the assistance of his wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe Ellis.
He eventually returned to his residence on the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute where he died on July 24, in his wife's arms. Ellis had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and articles including eight hundred scientific papers during his lifetime. He died aged During his final years he worked on his only college textbook with longtime collaborator Mike Abrams  with whom he co-authored 3 books along with several research articles and chapters, including the textbook Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives.
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It highlights the profound and historic role played in the life and evolution of the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. Fellow psychologists often criticized Ellis for what they described as a tone that could come off as blaming people for their depression, and for not offering any evidence to back his views on psychotherapy.
Beck , had conducted more rigorous testing than what Ellis was willing to undertake and were able to better advance cognitive therapy. The Road To Tolerance Prometheus Books, explains the philosophies underlying REBT - particularly an attitude of tolerance - and relates it to many religious, philosophical and social movements. He used anecdotes from his personal life to explain how the insights of REBT occurred to him and how they helped him cope with personal problems such as shyness, anger and chronic illness.
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