A NEW GUIDE TO RATIONAL LIVING
By Drs. Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper
Foreword by Melvin Powers
Years ago, after two decades of burning the midnight oil, reading
which professed to have all the virtues this one actually
possesses, I found the
original New Guide to Rational Livinga gem that has become a
classic in the
field of psychology.
Since then, I am delighted to say, I have sold 1.5 million copies
of this book
in previous editions. Numerous readers have thanked me for making
available and have related how positively it has affected their
Undoubtedly this new, updated edition will prove particularly
present-day readers, who face unprecedented challenges in daily
Those who have read a large number of euphoric and inspirational
achieving lasting success will particularly appreciate this book.
For although A
Guide to Rational Living makes no promises, it can help readers
more than all
the other books put together.
In the first chapter of this extraordinary new edition of A New
Guide to Rational
Living, Drs. Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper express the hope
will not jump to the conclusion that we hand out the same old
Pollyannaish message that you may have long ago considered and
having no practical value.
Because they use such words as creativity, happiness, love,
and problem-solving, they are concerned that people will accuse
them of adding
one more book to the already lengthy list of those that promise to
rich, happy, powerful, and emotionally matureall quickly and
They need not worry. Drs. Ellis and Harper have refreshing
humility in this era
of dogmatic formulas for living, and they see that constant
happiness remains as
elusive as moonbeams. As proof of this conviction, they have
termed the chapter
dealing with happiness Refusing to Feel Desperately Unhappy.
What a realistic
Actually, their associates had to talk these two prominent
doing their original book about the Rational Emotive Behavior
they practice, and they had to feel it would truly help others
before they wrote
a word. They still believe intensive individual therapy is
desirable in serious
cases, but they have also come to believe that a book can help a
percentage of people who have the capacity for honest
This book, unlike others you have probably read, employs none of
usually associated with psychology or psychiatry, and it may well
prove to be
the best book on psychotherapy for laymen ever written. It can
emotionally disturbed individuals with many answers they seek, and
it can help
everyone to feel better about themselves and to deal with their
The authors use a unique method of projecting their solutions to
problems. Thus, they point out that the individual who feels
insecure suffers from, for example, Irrational Belief No. 2: The
idea that you
must be thoroughly competent, adequate, and achieving.
Drs. Ellis and Harper use ten such ideas to bring out the scope of
psychotherapy, with subtle, helpful solutions that reflect their
as therapists. They have training and a host of case histories,
taken from their
office charts, to buttress their advice. This not only makes for a
interesting book but creates confidence in the reader concerning
suggested, all of which have proven effective in a clinical
Probably many readers will remember Dr. Albert Ellis as a
sexologist who has
done so much valuable work in this area that critics frequently
compare him to
the other EllisHavelock, a pioneer in sexual research. His books
in this field
have done an incalculable amount of good, particularly in freeing
feelings of guilt stemming from their environments.
Dr. Harper has a similar background, and he possesses added
anthropology and sociology, both disciplines desirably
psychology. He has collaborated with Dr. Albert Ellis previously
and has worked
on other books in the area of rational therapy.
In this new edition of A Guide to Rational Living, as in the
Ellis and Harper dissect the main emotional problems that humans
tend to have.
They present their ideas in a brilliant and all-encompassing
brilliant, in fact, that I believe the reader will find more
answers than he or
she would in the average vis-ΰ-vis confrontation. I say this
disclaimers of both authors who ethically point out the
limitations of absent
For one thing, the book proves less maddening than many personal
therapists who subscribe to the passive, nondirective method still
used by many
psychologists and psychiatrists. In this type of therapy all
answered by, You tell me.
Drs. Ellis and Harper make it clear they do not practice as the
psychoanalyst...with whom we respectfully but wholeheartedly
than maintain the traditional Freudian silence, both therapists,
in the early
part of the treatment, indicate where the emotionally disturbed
individual...seems off the beam.
Their direct, get-to-the-heart-of-the-problem methods show wide
most orthodox treatments that drag on interminably with clients
knowing where they stand. As far as I can see, here certainly
lies, along with
group therapy, the direction psychotherapy will take if it intends
to make a
real contribution to comprehensive health.
If you feel you have the rigorous honesty necessary to conduct
this book will be the most important one you have ever read. And
it will seem a
boon to those who cannot pay the high fees charged for individual
I find so many excellent techniques explored in this book that I
would like to
mention many more. I feel deterred only by the fact that the
authors speak very
well for themselves.
You have my best wishes as you join the 1.5 million people who
have read and
greatly benefited from A Guide to Rational Living since my
publication of the
first edition. You have chosen to read a book that has set the
standard and that
likely will remain the standard for years to come.
Melvin Powers, Publisher
Wilshire Book Company
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