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.
- 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.
- Dr. Ellis devoted a chapter to Attitude Is All You Need! in his book How to Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You.
“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.
“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!
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
- Ellis credited FitzMaurice with the addition of unconditional life acceptance (ULA) to the theoretical framework of REBT. Albert Ellis did this in his book, Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better.
“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