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.