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Karl Popper and Albert Ellis: Their ideas on psychology and rationality compared

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posted on 2023-02-03, 02:15 authored by Struan Jacobs
This paper considers leading ideas of Albert Ellis on psychological theory and therapy in relation to ideas of the celebrated philosopher, Karl Popper. The aim is to indicate striking similarities in their views on learning, the genesis of emotional disturbance and, in particular, rationality. Discussion commences with Popper's early, and little studied, work on psychology. His philosophy of science is then surveyed along with the theory of rationality that he analogically extends from it. After tracing the evolution of Ellis' thought, we note the central roles he assigns to irrational thinking in explaining emotional disturbance and to rational thinking in its treatment. Different senses of 'rationality' are distinguished in his work, one of them associated with criticism, which provides a most important similarity to Popper's view of rationality. © 1989 Human Sciences Press.

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Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Volume

7

Pagination

173 - 185

ISSN

0894-9085

eISSN

1573-6563

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