Re: Emotive Education

Max More (
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 15:20:06 -0800

At 01:46 PM 3/12/97 -0600, Gregory Housto wrote:
>Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) appears to be a good point of
>departure. With minimal adaption, it may prove to be an effective means
>of avoiding and reducing irrational thought and neurosis, thus
>facillitating improved cognitive abilities.

A good intro to RET/REBT is: A NEW GUIDE TO RATIONAL LIVING by Albert Ellis
and Robert A. Harper (Wilshire Books, 1975).

>3. "REBT is based on the assumption that what we label our "emotional"
>reactions are largely caused by our conscious and unconscious
>evaluations, interpretations, and philosophies." However, REBT is sort
>of like a shotgun blast into the dark, hoping that we blow away the
>shackles which are pulling our rationality into the depths of
>irrationality. In other words, REBT lacks methods of exploring the

A good supplement to REBT may be Nathaniel Branden's work with sentence
completions. I've found these can be effective at understanding emotions
and their source. Branden didn't invent sentence-completion exercises but
uses them extensively and gives many examples. A good way to investigate
Branden's recent work is to read TAKING RESPONSIBILITY: SELF-RELIANCE AND


Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute, Editor, Extropy,
(310) 398-0375