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Sometimes, Happiness is a Choice

The teachings of Albert Ellis, Marcus Aurelius, William Shakespeare, The Buddha, and Ecclesiastes have something in common; the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. Dr. Pies helps us understand how your life can benefit from a simple shift in thinking. Some great ideas never stop helping us. Read More

Allergy Evolution

Wonderful piece!

Peanut Allergies,is another way, to asses a child on the Bipolar spectrum.


I now believe, that only Bipolars can contract Lyme Disease.

Just as certain viruses may make Bipolars vulnerable to MS.

Clarification on cognitive therapies

After a very enlightening exchange with Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis, I would like to clarify some issues relating to the type of therapy developed by the late Dr. Albert Ellis.

Although terms such as “cognitive therapy” and “cognitive behavioral therapy” are often used quite loosely in the literature, it is important to note that the earliest cognitively-oriented psychotherapy in this country was developed by Dr. Albert Ellis, in the 1950s. His form of treatment–originally called “rational therapy”, and later “rational emotive behavior therapy” (REBT)–actually preceded the “cognitive therapy” later developed by Aaron Beck, MD.

There are also important differences in emphasis between Beck’s form of treatment and REBT. The latter emphasizes the importance of unconditional self-acceptance (as well as acceptance of the foibles of others); the importance of developing a “high frustration tolerance”; and tends to be more “active” or vigorous in its approach to the irrational, self-defeating beliefs of the patient or client, compared with Dr. Beck’s mode of treatment.

I thank Dr. Joffe Ellis for helping clarify these issues. For further reading, I strongly recommend
the classic text by Ellis & Harper, A New Guide to Rational Living, Wilshire Books, 1975.

Ronald Pies MD

P.S. And once again, my thanks to Dr. Banschick for hosting my essay!

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Mark Banschick, M.D., is a psychiatrist and author of The Intelligent Divorce book series.


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