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Albert Ellis on FitzMaurice

Book cover for "Planet Earth: Insane Asylum for the Universe"

Albert Ellis’s Comments on FitzMaurice’s Books

  • There remains much material to be added to this page.
  • FitzMaurice still possesses letters from Al from approximately 15 years of correspondence.
  • Additionally, Ellis commented in his books on FitzMaurice and also quoted FitzMaurice in his books.

Attitude Is All You Need! Second Edition

  • Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), was voted the second-most influential psychologist of all time by the American Psychological Association (APA).

“He is an independent thinker and I would advise you to read some of his books, particularly Attitude Is All You Need! It will help you control your anxiety and overcome other emotional problems” —Albert Ellis, Ph.D.

Planet Earth: Insane Asylum for the Universe, Second Edition

“In many ways it is quite a masterpiece, and is the culmination of what you have been doing and writing for the last decade.” –Albert Ellis, Ph.D.

  • This quotation was in reference to the first edition of the above book.

We’re All Insane! Second Edition

“I found it a most unusual book that makes some excellent points, almost all of which I go along with. It sort of brings Alfred Korzybski up-to-date and makes some points which [sic] are not particularly clear in his own writings.” —Albert Ellis

  • Albert Ellis said of the first edition of We’re All Insane!
  • Thought-things are a way to understand thoughts that are mistaken for what they are about. Some related ways of talking about such thoughts are as to concretize, hypostatize, reify, or thingify a thought.

“Counselor Kevin FitzMaurice has been campaigning for years against the human habit of turning thoughts into things and constructing misleading ‘thought-things.’ Thus, as I pointed out in my section on Unconditional Self-Acceptance (USA) in chapter 2, we frequently have a thought such as, ‘I shall conditionally accept myself and other people’ — where accept is a verb — and we turn it into a noun, acceptance. Then we think that acceptance really exists as an entity in itself, a thought-thing. Accepting is something we do — an action — but we confuse it with a thing that has external embodiment.” —Albert Ellis, Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better, p. 109

Ellis’s Own Writings & FitzMaurice

  • You can find acknowledgments to FitzMaurice for reviewing Ellis’s books starting in 1994 and up to his death in 2007 at 93.
  • Ellis also references and provides quotations from FitzMaurice in his books. For an example of these quotations, read Ellis’s magnum opus, Reason and Emotion in Psychology, Revised and Updated, 1994 version.
  • Ellis and FitzMaurice had an extensive correspondence over the years that have been saved and will likely be put into book form at some point in the future.

3 Main Principles/Philosophies of REBT & FitzMaurice

“Kevin Everett FitzMaurice suggests that REBT theory can include: (1) USA, Unconditional Self-Acceptance, (2) UOA, Unconditional Other-Acceptance, and (3) ULA, Unconditional Life-Acceptance, when you can’t change conditions that you really don’t like. If you acquire ULA, you indeed have HFT, high-frustration tolerance! USA counteracts your self-downing, UOA counteracts your anger at others, and ULA counteracts your awfulizing and terriblizing.” —Albert Ellis, Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better, p. 37.

“To help people achieve the three basic REBT philosophies of unconditional self-acceptance, unconditional other-acceptance, and unconditional life-acceptance, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral methods, which are described in this monograph, are used.” ―Albert Ellis, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

“I suggest that people take the challenge and adventure of creating and maintaining a profound attitude of unconditionally accepting themselves, other people, and world frustrations, no matter what occurs in life. They better make it an integral, unforgettable part of their living.” —Albert Ellis

“If you would stop, really stop, damning yourself, others, and unkind conditions, you would find it almost impossible to upset yourself emotionally—about anything. Yes, anything.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 127

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