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Rhena Branch , Rob Willson
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Book Description

17 Sep 2010
An updated edition of the bestselling guide on reprogramming one's negative thoughts and behaviour 

Once the province of mental health professionals, CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has gained wide acceptance as the treatment of choice for anyone looking to overcome anxiety, manage anger, beat an addiction, lose weight or simply gain a new outlook on life. Written by two CBT therapists, this bestselling guide helps you apply the principles of CBT in your everyday life-allowing you to spot errors in your thinking; tackle toxic thoughts; refocus and retrain your awareness; and finally, stand up to and become free of the fear, depression, anger, and obsessions that have been plaguing you.   

Includes tips on establishing ten healthy attitudes for living as well as ten ways to lighten up 

Helps you chart a path by defining problems and setting goals 

Offers advice on taking a fresh look at your past, overcoming any obstacles to progress as well as ways to maintain your CBT gains 

Includes new and refreshed content, including chapters on how to beat an addiction and overcome body image issues   

With indispensable advice on finding your way out of the debilitating maze of negative thoughts and actions, the book is brimming with invaluable suggestions that will have even a confirmed pessimist well-armed for the journey forward.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (17 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470665416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470665411
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 18.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enhance your outlook and develop new ways of thinking Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on how you react to a situation, encouraging you to create new thought patterns to combat destructive beliefs and actions. This bestselling guide to CBT helps you identify the negative modes of thinking that have been holding you back and shows you how to assess and combat them. With new content on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and on overcoming addiction, this book is your toolkit for success. Whether you want to rise above anxiety or depression, boost your self–esteem or simply improve your overall outlook, the building blocks for a happier life are right here. Read the signs – learn to explore your emotions and spot errors in your thinking Maintain your mind – use psychological gardening to weed out negative thoughts and watch your positivity bloom Set the goalposts of success – train your sights on achievable tasks and look forward to the future Don′t be afraid – discover how to control your anxiety and learn to face your fears Kick the habit – develop key skills to eradicate addictions and problem behaviour from your everyday life Open the book and find: Techniques to refocus and retrain your awareness Why some ′solutions′ are actually causing you problems Ways to get rid of unhealthy guilt How to tackle eating disorders and body dysmorphia The benefits of loosening your grip on control Ways to maintain and strengthen positive beliefs Guidance on accepting your past and enjoying the present How to lighten up and enjoy life Learn to: Identify and tackle toxic thought patterns Banish the behaviours that are holding you back Use CBT to overcome addiction, depression, anger, and more Reassess your past and address the present to achieve a happier, healthier life

About the Author

Rhena Branch and Rob Willson are CBT therapists who work in private practice in North London. They both teach and supervise the MSc CBT course at Goldsmiths, having previously worked at The Priory clinic in London. They are the co–authors of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies and Boosting Self–Esteem For Dummies .

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dummy job to get into the basics and beyond 15 Sep 2011
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I purchased both this book and the Teach Yourself CBT at Amazon, as I wanted different ones for myself and my bf so we could have a bit more of a basis of comparison and analysis. I've read through most of mine (the Teach Yourself CBT) and his, and the Dummies book seems to me the best.
The layout and the arrangement of themes is better, the text and information has more depth and it is more "user-friendly" if, like us, you have no experience in the subject. The ideas and suggestions are well grounded in the context, making it easier to understand why and how the things needing to be changed impact our lives, which facilitates the transition (implementing those behaviour changes). None of the books intends to be a miracle cure for every problem, but applying some of their premises have helped me achieving better communication with others and also a better hindsight of myself, especially in what concerns my starting points (my initial ideias, interpretations, emotions and so on that I rarely realised were even there but formed the way I shaped my dialogue or how my feelings and thoughts developed). The Dummies book is far more complete and easy to use, especially if you intend to stick to certain chapters only, and it is also more engaging. My mind kept going back and forth to previous things I had read and putting it together. The other one feels a bit more like a school book you try to memorise as you go along.
The one thing I strongly disliked about the Dummies was the authors choice to refer to certain negative emotions and "guilt trips" as sins... Honestly, in a language as rich as the English one, there's no need to resort to words which will bring religious connotations to a context that has nothing to do with religious beliefs.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Result! 16 July 2012
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I wish I had read this book years ago. It is a commonsense approach to dealing with negative thought patterns and it works. It has helped me confront my fears and anxiety and at last start to live my life. The book is not a cure all as you have to be in the right frame of mind to actually take on board the advice and change, so anyone looking for a quick fix will be disappointed. My advice is stick with it be prepared to put in the effort and you will reap the rewards.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depression self help 2 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
An excellent book to help those who need to understand how their mind works and how they react in particular situations. Especially good for people who suffer with stress or depression to understand what the underlying cause could be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - cheapest therapist out there! 5 Mar 2014
By Emma
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Don't be put off by the slightly condescending horrible black and yellow day glow book cover. I would never have bought this book because of the cover but was recommended to buy it by my doctor. Well, after trying many different therapies over the years this is the first time something spoke directly to me and made me feel so much better straight away. It made me feel 'normal', not alone and actually that I am in control of my anxiety and depression and that they are not in control of me. It works a bit like a car manual, in that if you have a problem that needs fixing, look up the problem and fix it. Us humans are not that complex and quite simple really, and many of us suffer from the same malfunctions, we just need a bit of tweaking now and then. No dramas, no mystery, no large financial outlay, no long delving sessions into your past. This book works, I would highly recommend it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies 20 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent introduction to this popular type of therapy;good background information and easy to follow approach to common problems it is usually used to help, eg depression and anxiety. Not a replacement for proper help if required but a helpful start if you are considering using CBT or just want to know more about it and it shows a way of dealing with issues which may be all some people require.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CBT for dummies 12 Sep 2011
By Mel
Format:Paperback
I found this to be a great introduction to CBT and I'm very happy with it. The book also includes many other refences of other related books which I look forward to getting a look at.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 21 Sep 2011
By Fleabag
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book as a Kindle edition , but it has been so badly formatted it is absolutely unreadable. The tables and charts which are an integral part of the 'Dummies' books have not been reset for Kindle and are useless, the margin commetns are also lost in the middle of a garble of text. Open it at any page and you find a random jumble of words with no continuity, links or sense. Complete waste of money. Do not buy.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable and straightforward 2 Aug 2011
By Iona
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I received this book about 3 weeks ago, and I've been working my way through it with a highlighter pen to mark the sections relevant to me. Later, I'll go back and re-read what I've marked and focus on what I want to change.
I've already noticed many passages had "light bulb" moments for me.
I'm enjoying reading it, and feel very positive that it will enable me to improve my outlook and reactions towards the stressful circumstances that I've unfortunately been stuck with just now.
It has shown me what is available through CBT.
I hadn't been very impressed with the Psychologist I'd seen a couple of times, but now I plan to persevere, as the book has shown me a global picture of what CBT can achieve
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4.0 out of 5 stars very readable, good guide.
Very readable. Easy to understand and a good refresher for anyone who once did cut.
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This book came recommended as a good place to start. Like all "Dummies" books it gives a good grounding on the subject before you undertake further research
Published 1 month ago by R Aunty Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing for anyone
So clear, so easy to follow this book has helped me many times! I have also recommended it to friends, you don't need counselling if you have this book!
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I have been looking for a book about Cognitive Behaviour for a while. This book is easy to understand and covers most areas I was interested in . Good value !
Published 4 months ago by caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and understand
Vey pleased with the book. Easy to read and understand. You can dip in and out of different parts without having to read from cover to cover.
Published 4 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very easy to read and follow. I would tell people this Is a great place to start. No matter what your education level.
Published 5 months ago by Daniel M. Waddon
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading
Easy to understand and helps with a courses I'm doing at college in health and social care. Very interesting reading.
Published 5 months ago by emma flynn
1.0 out of 5 stars Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies
Couldn't get on with this at all, sorry, had to give it away, it certainly is not for dummies, you need to be a professional
Published 6 months ago by Caroline Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very interesting book. Very clearly written. Ideal for those who know nothing about CBT but I am sure also for anyone else.
Published 7 months ago by A. Loffredo
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