Albert Ellis and the unhappy golfer

Updated on 13th June 2019

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Albert Ellis and the Unhappy Golfer:

A critique of the simplistic ABC model of REBT

By Dr Jim Byrne

The Institute for E-CENT Publications: 2019.

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Whole cover, Ellis and the Golfer3

Preface

This book is about two characters, both of whom are psychologically damaged:

The first is a man (whose age we do not know), who went out yesterday to play a game of golf with some peers (about whom we know nothing), and his peers showed that they did not like him. Today he is terribly unhappy.  We shall call him “the unhappy golfer”.

Ellis-on-love-Pt2The second character is a man (whose age we do know), who was seriously neglected, and virtually abandoned at times, by his mother and father.  (It seems to me that his winning formula in life became this: Deny that I was hurt.  Deny that I had any needs.  Become detached from my feelings.  Become an Extreme Stoic.  Deny that I can be harmed.  Deny that anybody can hurt me.)  We shall call him what his mother and father called him, Albert Ellis, and add the prefix, Doctor; because he gained a doctorate in clinical psychology.

The unhappy golfer is in Dr Albert Ellis’s office, in New York City, somewhere around the end of the 1950’s.  He tells Dr Ellis that he feels terribly unhappy about being rejected by his golfing peers, and Dr Ellis tells him: This is something you are doing to yourself!

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