Albert Ellis

By Natalie Squires

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  • Albert Ellis was an american psychologist who was born on September 27th in 1913 and died on July 24th in 2007.
  • In 1953, he proposed a new way of therapy, called Rational Therapy. Rational Therapy helped the patient to understand that his own personal thoughts contributed to his emotional pain, and then taking action upon that understanding. The theory proposed that patients could recognize their irrational thoughts and behaviors to develop more rational beliefs and behaviors.
  • The following year, he taught his new approach to other psychologists resulting in the first cognitive behavior therapy.
  • In the 1960s, Ellis' cognitive behavioral therapy gained a lot of attention and became one of the primary schools of psychotherapy in many countries.
  • Albert Ellis was also an author.