In the review of Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives, by Albert Ellis and Mike Abrams (with Lidia D. Abrams), Simon Boag comments on the presentation of Ellis's Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory of Personality. Boag notes that "despite Ellis's numerous contributions to psychology (see Farley, 2009), it is difficult to really say that Ellis contributes a novel 'theory' of personality per se." Boag describes the presentation of Ellis's work as an attempt to synthesize and integrate components of other theories with cognitive theories. At this moment in our history, what is required to move behavioral science forward?
Is psychology ready for another "grand theory" of personality and behavior or do we need better integration of existing theories?
By Simon Boag
PsycCRITIQUES, 2009 Vol 54(41)