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by William Knaus,Albert Ellis

Book by Ellis, Albert, Knaus, William
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ISBN: 0451087585
ISBN13: 978-0451087584
Category: Medical Books
Subcategory: Psychology
Author: William Knaus,Albert Ellis
Language: English
Publisher: Signet (July 3, 1979)
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Rating: 4.1
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This book is a wonderful application of REBT to a very specific problem. This is one of Albert Ellis's less-known books but one of his more important (because really who doesn't procrastinate at least some of the time?). This is particularly important if you're recovering from a mental illness like depression, compulsive hoarding, or an eating disorder; change efforts like that require significant effort and procrastination is often one of the biggest obstacles you'll face.

With that said this isn't really an introduction to REBT as a whole. I definitely recommend reading the authors "A Guide to Rational Living" before you read this book. You'll get a lot more out of it than you would otherwise. You can still read this book even without that, but even so, that would be a very helpful background.

My only complaint is that in some ways I feel like this book could have been a little longer in places. I wish he had spent a little more time talking about anxiety and perfectionism, for example. Not surprisingly, low frustration tolerance (which he argues is generally one of the primary culprits in procrastination) gets its own chapter. A little more surprisingly, hostility as a cause of procrastination gets its own chapter whereas anxiety and perfectionism do not. I do realize that he has other books covering anxiety in greater detail (I'm reading his book on anxiety right now actually) but it would've been nice to see him apply this material to procrastination in somewhat more detail. He does cover the basics though, was just hoping for a tiny bit more in those areas since those are big "problem areas" for me in terms of my procrastination.

In addition to working on the thoughts and beliefs that lead you to procrastinate, he offers some behavioral and emotive methods and exercises to help you work on that. For example, if you have a belief that "if I do X, I won't be able to stand how bad I'll feel" he argues that sometimes the best way to overcome that belief is to expose yourself to the dreaded stimulus to prove to yourself that it isn't true; I guess this is the classic CBT "behavioral experiment."

I've tried some of his visualization exercises as well and found them to be extremely powerful. For example, a number of months ago, my therapist asked me to start Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP) for my OCD and I had been procrastinating for months. (For those who don't know, this is a rather challenging therapy from classic behavior therapy that's often used for phobias, eating disorders, and OCD). After reading his book and doing one of his visualization exercises, I was able to start and I've been doing it diligently since then. (The ERP's been extremely helpful by the way).

I haven't tried all of his exercises yet but I plan to as they seem like they're creative and helpful.

Overall I definitely recommend this as a useful and helpful resource. Again, definitely read his "Guide to Rational Living" as background reading to make this even more so. This is a great supplement to an overall CBT program, but even if you're not in therapy and just looking to improve your life I think that this would be helpful. Truthfully, I think everyone (even people without a psychiatric diagnosis) sometimes has "unhealthy" or excessive anxiety and perfectionism, and almost everyone will procrastinate in at least one area of their lives.
This is a good discussion of the causes of procrastination and approaches for reducing it. Those approaches are applications of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). As Ellis says in his other books, application of REBT can be difficult. To benefit from this book on procrastination without having a therapist will probably require at least one more reading. However, it will be worthwhile. Some or all of the recommendations can be applied without a therapist's help.

One thing that I like about this book and Ellis' other books is that he includes quotations of conversations with clients. Sometimes, I can relate to what the client says and, as a result, I am receptive to the advice given to the client.

I think Ellis and Knaus wrote this book primarily for college students in the 1970's. It includes many comments on procrastination by college students and what should be done about it. I don't think this detracts from the value of the book. The REBT approaches that the authors advocate can be applied by anyone who wants to reduce procrastination.
I am an admirer of the late Albert Ellis.

This book is a practical discussion of the psychological bases of procrastination and suggestions for breaking through your own blocks. As with anything by Ellis, it is rooted in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).

I find this book useful in helping me break through my own mental traps and getting things done. Eventually.

Do not let the unassuming book-cover advertised here fool you. This book is gold! I read this book 10 years ago when I first started doing my masters and it changed my life. I knew then that I couldn't do school and work while procrastinating. After a long search for a year, I finally found it again. This book turned my life around back then. Before reading this book, I really thought I was a lost case and that I would never change my old ways. I just fined reading it again and I wish I had picked it up as soon as I felt myself slipping again.

His explanations are well organized by chapters. His style of writing is fun and engaging, but mainly he digs deep into the irrational procrastination way of thinking and ways to overcome it.

This book like no other, and I have read two popular ones out there, explained to me precisely the reasons why I procrastinate. It gives step by step ways of how to change that thinking. And it works!! In the first two chapters he explains what is procrastination and what are the causes. The third chapter he discusses his rational approach to procrastination. On the next four chapters he explains that there are 4 causes of procrastination. In the next two chapters he gives a behavioral and emotional methods for overcoming it. He then goes on to discuss impediments to over coming procrastinations and how to overcome "legitimate" reasons for procrastination. The final chapter is one of his sessions with a patient written verbatim. As you read this book, you know you are reading something that is life changing. Dr. Ellis really knows what he is talking about unlike other books on the subject I have read out there.
This book is about using REBT to combat procrastination. REBT (rational emotive behavioral therapy ) was the first type of cognitive therapy invented, some say the most effective type.

The authors of this book seem to write like they speak and it did not seem to help the book. The writing also comes across as a bit caustic. I didn't think the authors described rational emotive behavioral therapy well in this book.

Despite the poor writing there is a significant amount of useful information for overcoming procrastination in this book. It is still worth checking out.

People interested in using REBT as an antidote to procrastination might be better served by another book with the same title by Windy Dryden. Almost all of the same information, but better written, better organized and shorter.