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Why Must We Be Happy? Part 2

Deniz Sidali, M.A.

This blog is a continuation on the theme of happiness and the sense of urgency that one needs to be happy at all times. This blog is not intended to discourage readers from striving towards a state of happiness. Albert Ellis himself noted that as human beings we should strive towards happiness, and that happiness is a necessary condition for optimal living and psychological well-being. A recently published research study concluded that individuals who are happier lead healthier, longer lives and cope better with stress.… Read more...

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101 Years!

Tomorrow marks the 101st birthday of our founder, Dr. Albert Ellis.  Please enjoy a video that was shown one year ago at his 100th birthday memorial celebration at the Albert Ellis Institute.



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Play the Whole Tape

Shannon O’Neill, M.A.

Many clients seek therapy because their behaviors are creating trouble within their lives. Whether it is an argument that transforms into a shouting match, a few potato chips that progress to a whole bag, or one drink that leads to eight more, these impulsive behaviors are often the product of irrational beliefs. Commonly associated with these dysfunctional behaviors are thoughts specific to dogmatic demands and/or frustration intolerance.

Imagine an individual who is attempting to quit smoking.… Read more...

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The Walking Challenge

Jennifer Shindman, M.S.

Here is your challenge, should you choose to accept it. Take any activity you do every day without much thought, like riding the train, driving or walking home from work, or even walking your dog. I challenge you to notice five things you have never noticed before about your surroundings, despite having done this particular activity probably hundreds, even thousands of times. Try paying attention to the architecture around you, to others around you, to the trees, the breeze on your face, to the different smells.… Read more...

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Friday Night Live (FNL)!

Kristen Tobias, M.A.

Historical Background

Albert Ellis was a huge proponent of the use of multimodal techniques to overcome emotional disturbance.  As such, he was a prolific creator of bibliotherapy, audiotherapy, and other self-help material, in addition to providing countless hours of rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT) at his non-profit institute.  Ellis also started conducting Friday Night workshops in the 1960s, a platform for public demonstration of the theory and practice of REBT.  Individuals from all walks of life would come to the institute to observe and/or present a problem to the venerable Ellis. … Read more...

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Shifting Away From Neutral

Brooke Guttenberg, M.S.

How are you feeling today? Happy, sad, angry, guilty, neutral? This last option is an interesting choice. Many times, individuals enter therapy presenting with an emotional disturbance, seeking therapy to address concerns about their current emotional state. REBT aims to help these individuals replace “unhealthy negative emotions,” that are self-defeating and block an individual from achieving their goals (i.e. anxiety, depression, anger), replacing them with adaptive “healthy negative emotions”  (i.e. concern, sadness, remorse).  … Read more...

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The 2013 Albert Ellis Humanitarian Award

We are honored to announce the 2013 Albert Ellis Humanitarian Award was bestowed upon Dr. Arnold Lazarus posthumously.  Dr. Lazarus’ widow, Daphne, and his son, Dr. Clifford Lazarus received the award on behalf of Dr. Lazarus.  Dr. Lazarus is widely regarded as a pioneer for his innovative approach to mental health.  Throughout his storied career which spanned over 50 years, he treated thousands of clients and was widely admired for his teaching, supervision, and mentoring of many professionals in the field of Psychology.… Read more...

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Rational versus Irrational Anger – Part 1: Irrational Anger

William R. Taboas, M.A.

This blog entry is part one of a two part series discussing the nature of irrational anger and its beliefs, and how irrational anger contrasts to the rational use of anger as an emotion.

Anger is a powerful emotion. Most of us are familiar with the costs of anger: aggressive behavior inevitably will have a toll on our relationships with friends, significant others, family, and coworkers. But anger also gets a bad rap; with optimal levels and the rational use of anger, we can defeat our adversities, move mountains for ourselves and loved ones, become assertive when we need to speak up, and ultimately motivate ourselves for action.… Read more...

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Why Must We Be Happy?

Deniz Sidali, M.A.

As a first generation child of European immigrants, I have always been perplexed by the constant almost obsessive quest by Americans to be happy. Almost all American movies must have a happy ending. It isn’t a coincidence that one of the most popular songs to be played constantly on the airways this year was Happy by Pharrell Williams. So what does it mean to be happy? A lot of times when I ask clients what goals they would like to work on in therapy, they will broadly state “All I want is to be happy”.… Read more...

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In Memory of Dr. Antony Kidman

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we have learned that Dr. Tony Kidman has passed away.  Tony was a great scholar with a sharp mind and always had great insights into the human condition.  He was a kind person and treated everyone with respect.  He made great contributions to REBT and Psychology. He began his career as a neurobiologist, and then moved on to doing work on the emotional issues of women with breast cancer.… Read more...

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