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Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings. They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously been an analyst and they were very…
I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior…
I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren’t listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.
I hope to die in the saddle seat.
As a result of my philosophy, I wasn’t even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I…
Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency.
I’m very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it – going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert.
Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I’ve received over the years.
Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results in the real world.
Let’s suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse.
I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of…
I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven’t got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.
People got insights into what was bothering them, but they hardly did a damn thing to change.
I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them.
Self-esteem is the greatest sickness known to man or woman because it’s conditional.
I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and…
For that again, is what all manner of religion essentially is: childish dependency.
If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments.
If something is irrational, that means it won’t work. It’s usually unrealistic.
People have motives and thoughts of which they are unaware.
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