Friday, September 29, 2017

Excerpts From "Rational Living" by Albert Ellis/Part 1

When people change their irrational beliefs to undogmatic
flexible preferences, they become less disturbed.

Rational beliefs bring us closer to getting good results
in the real world.

If something is irrational, that means it won't work.
It's usually unrealistic.

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to what
happens to you, that makes the difference.

The more sinful and guilty a person tends to feel, the less
chance there is that he will be a happy, healthy, or law-abiding
citizen. He will become a compulsive wrong-doer.

To err is human; to forgive people and yourself for poor
behavior is to be sensible and realistic.

Reality is not so much what happens to us; rather, it is how
we think about those events that create the reality we experience.
In a very real sense, this means that we each create the reality
in which we live.

If human emotions largely result from thinking, then one may appreciably
control one's feelings by controlling one's thoughts - or by changing
the internalized sentences, or self-talk, with which one largely created
the feeling in the first place.

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