Sunday, August 12, 2007

Albert Ellis - A Stoic to the end

Albert Ellis, archetypical stoic and the father of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) died aged 93 on 24 July 2007.

A great article and his final interview in Prospect Magazine.

Some epic quotes :

"He is also a colourful character, given to swearing like a fishwife (he has suggested that Freud's ideas were "horseshit from start to finish") and insistent on his view that "most human beings are out of their fucking minds." You could say he is a modern Diogenes: foul-mouthed, free-thinking, trying to liberate us from the mental habits that make us miserable."

And on being fired from the board of the institute that he created: "Ellis himself manages to stay stoical about the whole nasty business. "They [the board] have behaved abominably," he says. "But they're fucked-up, fallible human beings, just like everyone else.""

His writing and thinking is a model for survival of the fucked-up human beings we all are.

12 comments:

VallyP said...

A character with larger than usual c's? He had a point though.
Hope you are doing okay Wit and are not joining the ranks of AE's majority!

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Champagne Heathen said...

I would pay good money for a shrink to tell me I'm just a "fucked-up, fallible human being...enjoy it rather than dissect it"!

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Hi Guy, I sincerely hope you are alright. I've missed your blog, and although I know you are probably really busy and have no time now, it seems sad to see it so empty round here. Take care and keep in touch. Val x

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