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Albert Ellis was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 27th, 1913. He was the eldest of three children of Henry Ellis, a business man, and Hettie Ellis. The family moved to the Bronx in New York City when Ellis was around 3 years of age, and he was raised and educated there. From early on it was clear that he had unusual intelligence, teaching himself to read prior to attending kindergarten and school, with only the help of a childhood friend. He read almost every book in the children’s section of the local library, and during his teen years, he read all of the books that he could find on ancient and contemporary philosophies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and works of fiction about topics he found of interest during his teen years. He greatly enjoyed reading Stoic philosophers, including Epictetus, and agreed with Epictetus’s view that emotions were not created by adverse events but by the perceptions people had about those events....

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Ellis, D.J. (2019). Ellis, Albert. In: Zeigler-Hill, V., Shackelford, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1686-1

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