The Road to Humanism: From Isolated Logic to the Connecting Flow of Self-Identity

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 259–260. Reviews the book, Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy by Albert Ellis and Russell Grieger (1977). Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy is a nonpareil introduction to the Weltanschauung of Albert Ellis and his gifted, hyperactive child, Rational-Emotive Therapy (RET). The handbook is essentially geared for the novice in the cognitive-behavioral world. The book excessively pounds, repeats, and inundates the left brain. Commendably, RET expands in this book from papers by Ellis to Beck, Mahoney, and Meichenbaum's explorations of cognitive causes. The genius of Ellis rests in his witty thrusts against orthodox psychoanalysis and in his exposure of the irrational demands and negative nonsenses of people called patients. If you have absolute faith in logic, Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy will stimulate tremendous enthusiasm. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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