Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Robertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Third Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Faqua

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This paper reviews the literature cm rational-emotive therapy (RET). The focus was on literature published from 1975 to the present, with emphasis on literature reviews and theoretical studies. Background material by Albert Ellis was included. A historical perspective is given of RET's origin and development. Its philosophy,, theory, and techniques are surveyed. Articular attention was given to RET's application to emotional education and undisturbed populations, especially those who exhibit creativity, high productivity, and above-average capabilities.

Most writers confirm the validity of RET’s theoretical base and conclude that it is effective as a preventive and curative method of psychotherapy. Others criticize its theoretical formulations and find the research on its effectiveness to be inconclusive or nonconfirmatory. Research pertaining to RET’s effectiveness with nondisturbed populations, while limited, generally confirms its efficacy. Continued scientific research seems needed to validate or disconfirm RET’s theory and effectiveness.