Albert Ellis Quotes

36 Albert Ellis quotes:

"He would have been a security problem for any jail he would have been at. The judge was cognizant of that."
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"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 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."
"If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments."
"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."
"We teach people that they upset themselves. We can't change the past, so we change how people are thinking, feeling and behaving today."
"I regret that I've been so busy with clinical work that I haven't been able to spend much time on experiments and outcome studies."
"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 psychotics, naturally, don't think straight. Severe personality disorders take much longer to treat than people who are neurotic."
"I just had a client this week who came to me after 10 years of Freudian therapy. He's in love with his analyst, and she is sort of in love with him."
"I think it's unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that's the human condition."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Many psychoanalysts refused to let me speak at their meetings. They were exceptionally vigorous because I had previously been an analyst and they were very angry at my flying the coop."
"Most people would have given up when faced with all the criticism I've received over the years."
"Freud had a gene for inefficiency, and I think I have a gene for efficiency."
"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."

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