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Watching a first-rate debate has the thrill of a championship contest and more learning than a semester in college. When two brilliant minds collide, the “fallout” can prove more enlightening than the careful study of their separate works.

Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Rutgers University and
Director of the Multimodal Therapy Institute

A great debate! Ellis and Szasz are to mental health what Lincoln and Douglas were to politics. They play expert chess with controversial and exciting ideas, and we the viewers shout “Checkmate”!

Paul A. Hauck, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice, Rock Island, Illinois

An intellectual treat! Two rare minds in delightful combat.

Harold Greenwald, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
U.S. International University

It is hard to see how any mental health practitioner can come away from this debate untouched. The tapes which capture this profound and significant event are an extraordinary contribution and an invaluable resource for teachers and students of college and graduate level courses in behavioral sciences.

Irving N. Levitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Clinical Psychologist


In the process of observing this fascinating head-on confrontation between two such powerful forces, one must acknowledge where he or she stands on the many basic issues in psychopathology that they debate. Ellis vs. Szasz is a main event that draws the spectator into the intellectual ring along with these heavyweights.

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Stanford University

If one believes, as I do, that orthodoxy is one of the greatest evils known to mankind, a debate between two iconoclasts can only be welcomed, whether or not one agrees with their respective positions. Both Dr. Ellis and Dr. Szasz hold up a mirror to some of the follies of our time. The Ellis/Szasz debate is thoroughly provocative and challenges complacency.

Hans H. Strupp, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Vanderbilt University

Absolutely the best video tape in the mental health field that I have ever seen. Provocative. Challenges your thinking. Drs. Ellis and Szasz are absolutely brilliant in this dynamic debate on mental illness. I cannot recommend this tape highly enough.

Louis H. Primavera, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Psychology Department
St. Francis College

Both Albert Ellis and Thomas Szasz are legitimate, authentic geniuses as well as psychotherapeutic philosophers of well deserved national and international reputation. Any time two such great minds debate issues of relevance to society about which they differ, society always comes out the winner.

Maxie Maultsby, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Kentucky Medical School


An Extraordinary Teaching Adjunct – from Introductory Psychology/Sociology
Courses to Advanced Graduate/Medical/Law Courses!

An Informative and Entertaining Debate for both Public and Professional Audiences!

No College, University, Library, Hospital or Mental Health Center should be without this Video!


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