How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything: Yes, Anything

Albert Ellis

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On March 25, 2014
Last modified:September 16, 2015


Albert Ellis' best book for self-help, How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything: Yes, Anything is one of the best introductions to REBT for anyone wishing to use this approach for self-help with anger, anxiety and depression.

The ABC’s of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) are presented here in an easy-to-understand approach that allows access to general readers. The ideas in this book, and the way they are presented, is still REBT but this one truly falls in the category of self-help books.

Arguably Ellis’s best self-help book, “How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything–Yes, Anything” makes the simple, yet profound point that if you stick with your goals and preferences, and not stray into unhelpful demands that your desires must be fulfilled, you can rarely disturb yourself about anything.

Ellis identifies specific life circumstances where becoming miserable is a common outcome and then shows readers how to refuse to feel disturbed in those common situations.

Mental health professionals may also find this book useful in the practice of REBT, especially given that Ellis cites those specific situations and methods used, but as previously stated, it is definitely intended to be a self-help book.

All of us worry about something, big or small, every day. But much of the emotional misery we feel is an overreaction, and it can be significantly reduced, using the techniques you’ll find in this landmark book.
World renowned therapist Dr. Albert Ellis, who created Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), believed that anger, anxiety, and depression are not only unnecessary, they’re unethical, because when we allow ourselves to become emotionally upset, we’re being unfair and unjust to ourselves. Thinking negative thoughts is a choice we can refuse to make. Applying the proven, time-tested principles of REBT is a simple, logical way to find true mental health and happiness.
REBT acknowledges the power of emotions, but it also helps us understand which feelings are healthy and which are not. This classic book teaches you how to:
*Retrain your brain to focus on the positive aspects of your life and face each obstacle without unnecessary despair
*Control your emotional destiny
*Refuse to upset yourself about upsetting yourself
*Solve practical problems as well as emotional problems
*Conquer the tyranny of “shoulds”
…and much more, providing all the tools you need to take back your life—and your happiness. If you can refuse to make yourself miserable, you’re that much closer to making yourself happy—every day.

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