Robert A. Harper…


Robert Harper was one of Ellis’s first collaborators. When Ellis first developed REBT in 1955, Harper was his first supporter. The two men shared a distaste for puritanical individuals in the field and fought against them publicly through numerous presentations. Harper joined Ellis in writing REBT: A Guide to Rational Living, and A Guide to Successful Marriage, both in 1961. They continued to collaborate over the years producing such works as, A New Guide to Rational Living, 1975, How to Stop Destroying Your Relationships, 2001, and Dating, Mating, and Relating: How To Build a Healthy Relationship, 2003

Ellis met Bob in 1950 at the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy. Harper was very active in the profession, over the course of many years he served as president of a variety of divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA). The two enjoyed a lasting friendship until Bob’s death in 2004.

The correspondence I have posted below is between Ellis and Harper. I find their letters hilarious. The two corresponded regularly for 1950 until 2004.

Harper to Ellis, 1955 June 8


Ellis to Harper, 1955 July 23












Ellis to Harper, 1955 August 7


Harper to Ellis, 1955 September 27









Ellis to Harper, 1955 October 9










Harper to Ellis, 1955 November 7, page 1



Harper to Ellis, 1955 November 7, page 2














Ellis to Harper, 1955 November 13




Harper to Ellis, 1957 November 13











Ellis to Harper, 1957 November 24


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