There are three musts that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy. -Albert Ellis
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) is a type of psychotherapy developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. At its core, REBT is the idea that we can change our thoughts by changing our underlying philosophy behind our thoughts.
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The idea that mental anguish is an illness is dehumanizing and destroys the concept of what it means to be a person. The concept of “mental illness” creates a less-than-human creature who’s distressing feelings and behaviors are illegitimate. For the existentialist, loneliness, boredom, despair, and meaninglessness, are central to life. They are problems to be overcome, not diseases to be cured.
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