Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Its good for your heart (part three)

Albert Ellis and religion
Accepting oneself and others

Alber Ellis, one of the most influencial psycholgist in the 20th century, and founder of the type of therapy called rational emotive therapy, a reality based congitive re-stucturing by leting the client to examine his/her beliefs, which then led to the cognitive theory and therapy, says: " I get people to truly accept themselves unconditionally, wether or not their therapist or anyone loves them"...
He found there is no problem with the moderately religious people, but he found many problems in dogmatic religionists, regarding accepting the self and others, he says: " dogmatic religionist unhealthily and conditionally accept themselves (and others) only when their God, their church (or state) and similar religionists approve of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors."

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