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Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness

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This book reveals how the principles of rational living identified by Albert Ellis, one of the world's most influential and popular psychologists, can be used by anyone to achieve lifelong happiness. Reveals the 11 principles of rational living that when put into practice can consistently increase levels of personal happiness Includes selected excerpts from Ellis' writings, revealing the difference between the psychological architectures of emotional unhappiness and human happiness Presents verbatim transcripts of private counseling sessions, as well as public lectures and demonstrations with people addressing a wide range of personal issues Offers insights into how 'rationality' can be used by anyone to reduce the intensity of negative emotions, to increase the frequency of positive emotions and to promote life satisfaction

Albert Ellis was writing about personal happiness long before the formal discipline of positive psychology was founded. This book describes his work in helping people to eliminate misery and obtain happiness.

Michael E. Bernard is a Professor at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. He co-founded the Australian Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy, is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, and has written more than 50 books and journal articles in areas associated with mental health, resilience, peak performance, parenting, and school improvement. He currently consults with business and the public sector on principles of personal effectiveness, and is Managing Director of The Bernard Group. Michael worked closely with Albert Ellis for more than three decades. Today, he is recognized as an international authority on Ellis's work and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

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Albert Ellis, one of the world's most influential psychologists, founded Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) in the 1950s. Over the years, this pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy has advanced the emotional well-being of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Yet while Ellis's innovative approaches for helping people with emotional difficulties are well known, his views on the pursuit of personal happiness - which have also influenced generations of people both with and without such problems - are far more elusive. Ellis's powerful arguments in favor of the rational pursuit of happiness are set out for the very first time in this book. Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness presents Ellis's views on how the principles of rational living can be used by anyone to achieve lifelong happiness. Transcripts of private counseling sessions and public forums reveal the great power of rationality and the self-defeating nature of irrationality. Drawing on 50 years of Ellis's writing, Michael Bernard shows how the emotional misery that arises from irrational thinking of the human psyche can obstruct our innate potential for self-actualization and happiness. In doing so, he firmly establishes Ellis as a pioneer of positive psychology and a human being whose superior intellect and years of public education and psychotherapy experience offer genuine insights into the eternal question of what makes for a happy life.

About the author. Preface. 1 Albert Ellis and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Early Life and Times of Albert Ellis. Albert Ellis' (Generally) Pleasurable and Happy Personal Life. Albert Ellis' Professional Life was Self-actualized. Ellis Speaks Common Sense. The Dual Nature of the Human Psyche. Nature-Nurture. The Purpose and Goals of Life. Happiness. Self-actualization. Ellis Abandons Self-esteem. Finding Happiness: No Apologies Needed. 2 Why We Get Unhappy. What is Unhappiness? Thinking Makes It So. Irrational Thinking. Irrational Beliefs that Create Unhappiness. The Strength of Irrational Convictions. People Upset Themselves About Being Upset. 3 Refusing to Become Desperately Unhappy. The Development of REBT. The ABCs of REBT. Disputing Methods and New Rational Effects. The Elegant Solution. Fun and Humor. 4 The Philosophy of Happiness: Principles of Rational Living. Rational Principle 1: Self-interest. Rational Principle 2: Social Interest. Rational Principle 3: Self-direction. Rational Principle 4: Self-acceptance. Rational Principle 5: Tolerance of Others. Rational Principle 6: Short-term and Long-term Hedonism. Rational Principle 7: Commitment to Creative, Absorbing Activities and Pursuits. Rational Principle 8: Responsible Risk-taking and Experimenting. Rational Principle 9: High Frustration Tolerance and Willpower. Rational Principle 10: Problem Solving. Rational Principle 11: Scientific Thinking and Flexibility. The Rational Mindset of a Happy and Fulfilled Person. 5 Love. Love Slobbism. Romantic Love. Jealousy and Possessiveness. Keeping Love Alive. 6 Relationships. Encountering Suitable Partners. Mating. Separating. 7 Sex. The Right to Sexual Enjoyment. Ellis on Sexual Morality. A Rational Approach to Sex Problems. 8 Women. Depression. Weight. Dating and Mating. Work. Programs for Women. 9 Homosexuality. Irrationality and Homosexuality. REBT Counseling. AIDS. 10 Work. Emotional Problems about Practical Problems at Work. Enhancing Decisiveness. Poor Self-Esteem in the Workplace. Perfectionism. Procrastination. 11 Children and Parents. Parenting Styles and Discipline. Overcoming the Emotional Stresses of Parenting. How Parents Can Help Solve Problems of Their Children. Relating to Your Parents. 12 Death and Dying. A Humanistic Conception of Death. Rational Living with Dying. 13 Rational Living in an Irrational World. 14 Albert Ellis Interviewed by Michael E. Bernard. On a Philosophy of Life as Therapy. On Religion. On Spirituality. On Politics. On the Mental Health of People in the Twenty-first Century. On the Future of the Human Race. On the Future of REBT. On Rational Beliefs and the Degree of Self-acceptance. On the Need to Strengthen Rational Beliefs. On Self-downing. On Self-Actualizing. On Homosexuality. On Marriage. On Sex. On the Use of REBT in Diverse Cultures. On the Use of REBT with Men and Women. On Dispelling Myths about REBT. On the Professional Acceptance of REBT. On His Work Ethic. On His Morning Mindset. On Dealing with Physical Ailments. On Satisfying Moments Over the Years. On His Recent Pleasurable Moments. On His Regrets. If He Had to Do It All Over Again? A Rational Approach to Happiness (Article by Michael E. Bernard). References and Acknowledgment of Copyright. Index.

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Titre: Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness
Code EAN: 9780470683118
ISBN: 978-0-470-68311-8
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Psychologie
nombre de pages: 320
Poids: 478g
Taille: H18mm x B228mm x T159mm
Année: 2010
Auflage: 1. Auflage


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