How to Use Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to Combat Anxiety and Depression

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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Existential Murder: The Dehumanizing Concept of Mental Illness

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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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The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism

What is existentialism and what does it have to do with living a good life?

According to William Irwin, author of The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism, existentialism is a philosophy of life that:

…reacts to an apparently absurd or meaningless world by urging the individual to overcome alienation, oppression, and despair through freedom and self-creation in order to become a genuine person1.

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Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

Can the mind be reduced to mere physio-chemical properties? Are experiences, thoughts, and feelings simply the product of chemical reactions in our brain? Atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel, rejects such a view of the mind. In his book Mind and Cosmos, Nagel points out that belief in the material reductionist view of the mind is almost certainly false.

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Thomas Szasz: The Man and His Ideas

In this podcast interview, I talk with Jeffery Schaler about his new book, Thomas Szasz: The Man and His Ideas. Thomas Szasz was an iconoclastic psychiatrist who did not believe in the concept of mental illness. He saw emotional distress as, “problems of living”. We talk about Szasz and what he meant when he wrote that he did not believe in “mental illness”.

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Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drug Addicts and Pushers

Are some drugs dangerous and other drugs safe?

In his book, Ceremonial Chemistry Thomas Szasz details how drugs such as opium has been used for thousands of years, yet suddenly come to be considered dangerous. For author Thomas Szasz, addiction lies in the meaning that we assign to chemicals; not the chemical makeup of the drugs themselves.

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