Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Review: 'Three Minute Therapy' by Michael R. Edelstein and David Ramsay Steele

In Three Minute Therapy, Dr. Michael Edelstein offers what for most educated Americans (and here I include myself) is a totally novel approach to addressing emotional difficulties. Building on the Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy of Albert Ellis, Edelstein seeks to help us solve our anxieties as problems that we can rationally overcome. In his marvelously lucid book, he points out those steps by which we can deal with anxieties by discussing them with a therapist. What Edelstein’s therapy is intended to achieve is self-awareness in the person undergoing it. This, he argues, is possible, if we confront, or are taught to confront, our emotional problems as rational beings who can control how we think and act. At least for this reader, Three Minute Therapy is a guide for psychological well-being that is worth reading and pondering. 

Paul E. Gottfried is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Elizabethtown College, where he taught for twenty-five years. He is a Guggenheim recipient and a Yale PhD. He writes for many websites and scholarly journals and is the author of thirteen books, most recently Fascism: Career of a Concept and Revisions and Dissents. His books have been translated into multiple languages and seem to enjoy special success in Eastern Europe. He serves as head of the editorial board of The San Francisco Review of Books.

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