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Since its inception, RET has become an influential force as a therapeutic system. It is practised throughout the world and its founder, Albert Ellis is recognized as one of the world's leading contri­ butors to the field of psychotherapy. There is no doubt that much has been achieved since RET was first developed in 1955. However, has RET been adequately investigated? I will argue that it has not and will offer some reflections on the need for better research on RET. THE HERITAGE OF RET'S DEVELOPMENT

As I have pointed out elsewhere (Dryden, 1984c), the development of RET has been marked by its application to a wide variety of clinical syndromes and problems of living. While RET has attracted research attention (DiGiuseppe, Miller & Trexler 1979? McGovern & Silverman, 1984) this research literature has not kept pace with the breadth of RET's practical applications. In my opinion this is due in large part to Ellis's decision to pursue a career as a full-time practitioner, part-time lecturer and trainer and prolific writer. He has neither carried out much research on RET himself, nor has he directed any significant research pro­ grammes on RET. He has sought to show how RET can be widely applied and in particular to demonstrate how it can serve as a system of self-help therapy. He has thus written many books and articles for the general public as well as for professionals.