Albert Ellis, MA, PhD (September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007) was an American clinical psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He is generally considered to be one of the originators of the cognitive revolutionary paradigm shift in psychotherapy and the founder of cognitive-behavioural therapies.
Ellis published his first book on REBT, How to Live with a Neurotic, in 1957. Two years later he organized the Institute for Rational Living, where he held workshops to teach his principles to other therapists. The Art and Science of Love(1960), was his first really successful book, and later he has published 54 books and over 600 articles on REBT, sex and marriage. Many of his books are still amongst Amazon bestsellers (How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything - Yes, Anything! (1988); How to Control Your Anger Before It Controls You (1998); How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbed (1999); Overcoming Destructive Beliefs: New Directions for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (2001) etc.)
A winner of the Outstanding Clinician Award (American Psychological Association 1996), Lifetime Achievement Award (Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 2005), Lifetime Distinguished Service Award (American Counseling Association 2006) and many others, Ellis prior to his death was described as the “greatest living psychologist” by Psychology Today.
"I love my work and work at my loving," Ellis said. "That is the secret of my unusually happy state."