To Whine or Not To Whine
|Jimmy Walter, one of the regular contributors at the REBT-CBT Forum Yahoogroup was generous enough to allow us to use his wonderful spoof on Hamlet’s timeless soliloquy. Special treat, at the end, see video of Dr. Ellis’s singing his famous “Whine! Whine! Whine!” song…|
Dr. Ellis loved making fun of our distorted thinking and irrational behavior with humorous rational songs, and limericks. Such humorous disputing is definitely a part of the REBT legacy, but one we don’t hear a lot about, unfortunately. Personally, I love looking at the dialog in media (non-fiction, fiction, serious and trashy, news and entertainment, modern and historical. Soap opera is terrific for this) and pick out the distortions and see how they drive the emotions of the characters. Soap operas in particular are non-stop musterbation! Great fun to watch the characters inflaming one another for 30 minutes! I find this wonderfully helpful because, in the first place, it’s fun and, it is always easier in the beginning to pick out other people’s distortions than one’s own. If I were to teach a class in REBT-CBT, this type of activity would definitely feature prominently in the course. Thanks, Jimmy! Enjoy, and let us know what you think . . .
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|Centuries before Dr Ellis lived–Shakespeare penned Ellis’s main insight in this same play in the scene with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: “… for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”|
UPDATE: Thu 2 Jun 2022, 08:10 am
This precious video of Albert Ellis singing the “Whine! Whine! Whine!” song used to be all over the internet. However, somebody–presumably some poopbutt at AEI–seems to have removed it. I wish I had downloaded a copy. 🤬
Luckily the lyrics are still available. Enjoy!
“RATIONAL HUMOROUS SONGS by Albert Ellis, Ph.D.WHINE, WHINE, WHINE! (Yale Whiffenpoof Song by Guy Scull a Harvard Man)
I cannot have all of my wishes filled
Whine, whine, whine!
I cannot have every frustration stilled
Whine, whine, whine!
Life really owes me the things that I miss,
Fate has to grant me eternal bliss!
And since I must settle for less than this
Whine, whine, whine!”
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Originally posted 2013-01-23 08:05:17.
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