The Difference is Personal: A Comparison of the Theory and Practice of Ellis and Beck

  • Author / Creator
    Nordlund, Felicia K
  • Psychology students are introduced to several major schools of modern psychology, including Albert Ellis’ rational emotive therapy (RET), and Aaron Beck’s cognitive therapy (CT). Both of these theories are based on analyzing and changing the way clients think. However, introductory psychology textbooks typically do not compare and contrast these two major theories in any depth. As such, the goal of this thesis was to compare RET and CT. The author found that a few differences exist between the theories of RET and CT, and that the main distinction lies in the style of therapeutic relationship recommended and practiced by each theorist. All the differences identified by the author appear to be at least partly due to Ellis’ and Beck’s divergent personal backgrounds and interpersonal characteristics. The implications of this conclusion for training novice psychologists are discussed.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2013
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  • Degree
    Master of Education
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