Albert Ellis Quotes

36 Albert Ellis quotes:

"There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women. Both sexes seem to be equally irrational."
"People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection."
"The art of love is largely the art of persistence."
"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
"Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency."
"I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, whether or not their therapist or anyone loves them."
"I hope to die in the saddle seat."
"I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist."
"I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs."
"I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it."
"I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame."
"I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren't listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years."
"I'm very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it-going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert."
"If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments."
"If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic."
"I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition."
"Acceptance is not love. You love a person because he or she has lovable traits, but you accept everybody just because they're alive and human."
"By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed."
"In the old days we used to get more referrals, because people had insurance that paid for therapy. Now they belong to HMOs, and we can only be affiliated with a few HMOs."
"Let's suppose somebody abused you sexually. You still had a choice, though not a good one, about what to tell yourself about the abuse."

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