chapter  2
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Rational Emotive Therapy


In 1949, a young Albert Ellis published 10 articles on subjects ranging from the pseudoscience of telepathy (Ellis, 1949a), to love relations among college women (Ellis, 1949b), to assortative mating (Ellis & Beechley, 1949). With his demonstrated range of scientific interests and ambition, an observer might predict that Ellis was heading toward a distinguished academic career. However, he took a different turn. He extended this same disciplined work ethic that was so evident in 1949 into a double-time effort to develop and promote rational emotive therapy. Following the turn toward developing the rational emotive psychotherapy system, Ellis gives his mid-career views on rational emotive therapy.