Equilibrium & Epictetus

What disturbs people’s minds is not events but their judgments on events.

Epictetus, 1st Century A.D.

From The New York Times:  Dr. Albert Ellis was an internationally renowned psychologist & teacher of psychotherapists, founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) and originator of modern Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), ranked by his peers as one of the world’s most influential psychotherapists.

The Times article quoted from a number of his more popular books – he wrote more than 75.  Among those quoted by them were:

Anger: How to Live With and Without It  and How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything: Yes, Anything!   Do click to go to the Amazon.com comments.

His thoughts on Freud:  “I read many books by Freud and his followers, but I could see that Sigmund was especially obsessed with the sexual “origins” of disturbance… I could also see that he was an over-generalizer and dogmatist, and therefore a poor scientist…”

Food for thought!


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