Your Erroneous Zones

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Your Erroneous Zones
Author Wayne Dyer
Subject Psychology
Publication date
ISBN 0-308-10228-2

Your Erroneous Zones is the first self-help book written by Wayne Dyer and issued on August 1, 1976. It is one of the top-selling books of all time, with an estimated 35 million copies sold.[1] The book spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list through November 13, 1977,[2] including a spot at number one on the week of May 8, 1977.[3]


Psychotherapist Albert Ellis writes that Dyer's book Your Erroneous Zones is probably "the worst example" of plagiarism of Ellis' Rational Emotive Therapy (RET).[4] In a 1985 letter to Dyer, Ellis claims that Dyer had participated in a workshop Ellis gave on RET before Dyer published his book, in which Dyer appeared to understand RET very well. Ellis adds that "300 or more people have voluntarily told me... that [the book] was clearly derived from RET." Dyer never apologized or expressed any sense of wrongdoing. Ellis admonishes Dyer for unethically and unprofessionally not giving Ellis credit as the book's primary source, but expressed overall gratitude for Dyer's work, writing: "Your Erroneous Zones is a good book, ... it has helped a great number of people, and ... it outlines the main principles of RET quite well,... with great simplicity and clarity." [5]


  1. ^ Thomas Boswell (July 7, 2013). "To Bryce Harper and Davey Johnson, ‘play me or trade me’ is just a healthy joke". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ The New York Times Best Seller List November 13, 1977 on
  3. ^ The New York Times Best Seller List May 8, 1977 on
  4. ^ Ellis, Albert (2010). All out!: An Autobiography. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. p. 485. ISBN 9781591024521. 
  5. ^ Ellis, Albert (2010). All out!: An Autobiography. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books. pp. 486–490. ISBN 9781591024521.