Friday, July 5, 2013

Cognitive therapy for whining (with Albert Ellis)

Given the choice, would you rather have had Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, or Martin Seligman as your personal psychotherapist? My pick is Ellis, hands down. I love his sense of humor and no-b.s. attitude. With his New York accent and eyeglasses, I also get a positive transferential reaction between Ellis and my dad. Further, I agree with Ellis that many contemporary cases of"anxiety" or "depression" stem from people whining about not having been given everything they want as quickly as they want it.

The Yale Whiffenpoof song is not as famous as it was when the film clip was recorded, so here it is if you are interested (Ellis starts singing the parts from 1:18 on):

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