- File Size: 46240 KB
- Print Length: 702 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (November 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2012
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380810336
- ISBN-13: 978-0380810338
- ASIN: B009UW5X4C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A BOOK TO READ AND RE-READ!" -- Los Angeles Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
David D. Burns, M.D., a clinical psychiatrist, conveys his ideas with warmth, compassion, understanding, and humor unmatched by any other writer in the self-help field. His bestselling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy has sold more than three million copies to date. In a recent national survey of mental health professionals, Feeling Good was rated number one—from a list of more than one thousand—as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression. His Feeling Good Handbook was rated number two in the same survey.
Dr. Burns's entertaining teaching style has made him a popular lecturer for general audiences and mental health professionals throughout the country as well as a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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This book shows that it's not what happens to us in life, it's what we think about it.
For example, say you lose your job. Many people would then catastrophize and think negative thoughts about how awful it was, how we're going to be homeless and go broke and then we get depressed. Instead of thinking like that, we should think realistically about how it's tough that we lost our jobs, but we'll eventually find another one and that we will overcome the current crisis.
I was a pessimist for years. Negative thinking becomes a habit and changes brain chemistry. By thinking more realistically and talking back to our negative thoughts, we can live much happier lives.
On top of meds and therapy, I've amassed quite a collection of self-help books, some better than others. I try to be proactive in dealing with my business; I feel that's super important in helping deal with mental and emotional problems. For anxiety, I've found that books on mindfulness meditation to be quite helpful. For depression, stuff that emphasizes CBT is effective.
That's why I like this book. It's written well, although some bits seem a bit dated (an example in the book of something that might irritate you is when you use your last dime at a payphone and the call drops and you don't get your money back. Little things like that pop up here and there in the book, but don't detract from the important things).
I use some of the exercises in this book with a therapist which is helpful. There are exercises where the author asks you to write out things instead of mentally reviewing things. I agree with that recommendation. It helps solidify concepts and organize your thoughts.
The book is written well, and in a conversational way. I found there were many times the author explained something that made me say 'Yeah, that's me! If I'm being honest, that's how I think and what it really means!'
Hopefully you'll like it. Do the exercises, be honest in the exercises, and if you see a therapist try working through this stuff with them. My therapist knew who this author was right away and was familiar with his work.
It's one of the few books like this that I own that I go back and review periodically.
Top international reviews
A concise version of this book,
Get YOURSELF into the habit of painting pictures in your mind’s eye of how you really want to be.
Fantasize about YOU being confident, happy, prosperous, wealthy, sociable ,,,,,, etc
The more you do this, the more you generate good feelings, the more your subconscious mind take notice, the more your subconscious makes YOU act like that.
Habits, mental or physical, take 90 days to form ….. GET BUSY!!
Think failure to achieve failure, think SUCCESS to achieve SUCCESS!
You get more of what you focus on.
In a book by a world famous hypnotist, he tells of an experiment conducted with a group of manic depressives. Their task was to collect photos of any happy times in their life and stick them to surfaces such a fridge doors along with smiley face pictures. They had to have them all over the home and in the work place if allowed.
Each time one of these depressives looked at a ‘happy time photo’ or smiley face picture, they had to force themselves to picture a happy situation in their mind so to allow good feelings.
The experiment was a three month period. When assessed after the three months, it was found that the brains of those in experiment had been “rewired” and total contrast to the former manic depressive state they’d been in. They were now happy and had an optimistic outlook on life.
Can’t comment on the content because I can’t read it. I’ll buy a decently printed second hand copy instead.
good luck, T A P
It is an amazing and exhilarating voyage of discovery for anyone first dipping into Cognitive Therapy.
This book expresses the insight that our thoughts drive our feelings. It helps us get aware of repetitive thought patterns that may be destroying our ability to live our lives joyfully. And then it gives simple logical ways of changing those patterns.
It is conventionally scientific in its discussion, and presentation of ideas.
This book makes you feel happy and happier just reading it.
It also gives exercises that improve the reader's introspection so there is something to work on.
If you are committed to discovering more happiness in your life, you would certainly do the exercises.
They consolidate the insightful gains obtained from reading the ideas.
Wish I could give it six stars!
Further, if you feel you need to follow-up more on this, try his other books - The Feeling Good Handbook and Ten Days to Self-Esteem.
They too have superb insights on the reasons for emotions and attitudes.
The exercises may seem grunge work at first, but they are invaluable steps in the entire process.
My only criticism is that Kindle needs to sort out how it processes tables and figures. The print size can't be increased within these and I was squinting at the tables which are absolutely crucial to the programme, barely able to make out the words. Buy the print version.
I have since bought several copies of the book to gift to friends