Albert Ellis

Updated: SEPTEMBER 9, 2015

Albert Ellis is an American psychologist best known for developing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in 1955. He is considered the founder of cognitive-behavioral therapies and ranked the second most influential psychologist in the U.S. and Canada.

One of his most famous works is called Sex Without Guilt, a book that had a lot of influence in the sexual liberation of the 60s. However, he believed that homosexuality was a disease that could be "cured."

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By the early 1960s, Ellis became interested in human sexuality, relationships, and love. He worked on several research projects with known sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. Ellis published several books on sexuality including Sex Without Guilt, Sex Beliefs and Customs, and Homosexuality: Its Causes And Cure.

Later in life, in Sex and the Liberated Man, he reviewed his opinion on homosexuality to describe it as "not good nor bad," except from a religious point of view. In the 2001 edition of Sex Without Guilt, Ellis gives specific advice to homosexuals on how to enhance their sex life showing that he finally came to accept it as normal towards the end of his life.

Ellis' legacy is varied and deeply influential in today's psychological research.


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