If I had been a member of the academic establishment, I could have done other experiments.
I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system. We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.
I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.
I would have liked having children to some degree, but frankly I haven’t got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame.
I wrote several articles criticizing psychoanalysis, but the analysts weren’t listening to my objections. So I finally quit after practicing it for six years.
I’m very happy. I like my work and the various aspects of it-going around the world, teaching the gospel according to St. Albert.
I had used eclectic therapy and behavior therapy on myself at the age of 19 to get over my fear of public speaking and of approaching young women in public.
I started to call myself a rational therapist in 1955; later I used the term rational emotive. Now I call myself a rational emotive behavior therapist.
I think it’s unfair, but they have the right as fallible, screwed-up humans to be unfair; that’s the human condition.