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Gillian Butler , Tony Hope
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28 Sep 1995
In the world of self-help and personal development, there are two kinds of books: those that deal with your private life (how to improve your relationships, how to overcome depression), and those that focus on work and professional skills (how to manage time effectively, how to cope with the boss). But two leading clinicians, Gillian Butler and Tony Hope, believe these two spheres aren't so separate - for real psychological well-being, they argue, we need to integrate the techniques of management with those of psychology, feeling with action, and work with play. And they show us how in Manage Your Mind - a ground-breaking, step-by-step guide to the skills and attitudes that will help you be more effective in your work and to enjoy a more fulfilling personal life. Just as simple measures - regular exercise, a sensible diet - keep your body fit, the strategies described in this book will stretch, strengthen, and tune your mind. Your mind is a powerful tool but without the right training, your moods, thoughts, and behaviour can sabotage your goals and cause depression and anxiety. Here Butler and Hope show you how to keep mentally fit - how to tap into your mind's power - so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Through the powerful, tested techniques they clearly outline, Butler and Hope teach you how to cope with the rigours of everyday life. You can learn to: * Build self-confidence * Overcome anxiety and depression * Take positive control of your present and future * Establish and maintain fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and co-workers * Free yourself from fears and persistent worries * Break bad habits * Relieve stress * Develop your full potential * Manage your self and your time * Clarify your goals and values Manage Your Mind also includes specific, up-to-date information on how to strengthen your memory, stop smoking, sleep better, recover from alcohol abuse, and more. Feeling good is not just a question of addressing a few problems but depends on the development of positive attitudes and superskills that can help you to make the most of your opportunities. Manage Your Mind is a remarkable guide which will help you to lead a more exhilarating and productive life.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (28 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192623834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192623836
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gillian Butler is a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, who practises in the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust.

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Manage Your Mind is well-written and contains a wealth of psycho-education and practical strategies... Highly recommended. (The Psychologist)

It is well written, easy to read and understand - and one of the most interesting books I have read in this field. (Nursing Standard)

delivers up-to-date and detailed strategies on keeping mentally healthy. Healthcare counsellors may find this book a useful reference on a range of client problems. Clients may find it valuable in providing supplementary information during of after counselling, particularly in helping with a grasp of therapeutic ideas. (Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal,) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gillian Butler is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She works as a consultant clinical psychologist for the NHS and for Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She has a special clinical interest in the use of CBT during recovery from traumatic experiences in childhood and runs training workshops on a wide variety of topics relevant to practitioners of CBT, in this country and overseas. Tony Hope is a psychiatrist and also Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He divides his time between clinical work, research, teaching and writing. His clinical interests focus particularly on the use of cognitive techniques both to overcome difficulties and to increase happiness. His other books include Medical Ethics: A very Short Introduction also published by Oxford. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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I've been hunting for a book for ages to try and free up some time. A stressful job and studying via distance learning does not leave much spare time and can result in me becoming very stressed. The book details loads of tips to try and help life in general and has chapters on specifics such as anxiety, over/under eating, effective studying, alcohol etc. It is proving to be a must, you wonder how you coped beforehand. I would recommend this book to anyone prepared to spend a few minutes each day thinking about different ways of approaching situations to improve your life in general. It's well worth the money and lends itself to be either read through completely or just dipped into chapters as necessary. A great deal better than lots of other self help books as it's easy to apply and memorable.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and complete 10 May 2006
This is a complete users manual for the brain. Thought is too linked to personality to make it easy for us to evaluate what we do and how we think.

The writers are objective and very methodical, taking the reader through common sense and less obvious steps. The chapters are well divided and enable reference back to specific areas of interest. For example, although interesting, the chapters on addiction were not relevant to me, while time manaement was; the sectioning of the book enables me to refer to Time Management as a topic.

There are lots of points here that may seem obvious but I don't see that as a point of criticism. I would rather this than other points and methods of management were left out. We do tend to ignore the obvious sometimes anyway.

The book is unemotional, and not an inspiring, lifting book to change your life. This isn't a criticism, but an observation. You can get that in other books. This is a mechanic's manual.

Another good point is that this deals with a range of functions of the brain. For example, depression may be a reason for you reading the book, but such is the application, those of us not suffering from it can benefit from the knowledge of cognitive therapy. Further, topics range from illnesses such as depression to practical tips for normal healthy relationships and managing work committments and solving problems.

Many of us who already use our minds well don't fully see how we do this. The book stands outside and objectively shows us how we do it and what else we can do. In that, it's a winner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review by a practising doctor 7 Oct 2009
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I am a practising GP and frequently suggest that both my patients and my colleagues look at it. There are very few high quality, evidence-based, readable self-help tools around to which I would be prepared to entrust my patients well being and this book is one of only two that I rate. It covers pretty much every source of "hassle" in a busy 21st century life, is clearly written in a style that is accessible to the majority and, wherever possible, the authors draw on the best published evidence to support their statements and advice. The authors are highly qualified professionals (one is an Oxford clinical professor and the other a noted psychotherapist) who continue to be active in the area of self-help giving the book additional credibility. I refer to it frequently and find it has something to say to me about most of my own sources of stress. It is obviously not the answer to everything and won't necessarily substitute for a visit to your GP/counsellor etc. but as an additional tool it is invaluable.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This book offers practical approaches to helping a person solve his own problems. I read it through when I first purchased it (1996). Now I refer to it from time to time when I feel I need help with a particular matter. This book is easy to read, and it explains things in a professional manner for better understanding. The book offers practical techniques for solving many common and some difficult problems people experience. Teenagers can benefit reading this book because it addresses real problems which they are likely to face with real answers and stresses personal accountability for the answer to most of life's problems. I recommend it highly to everyone. It's a great book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful 6 Sep 2010
This book is a life saver - probably literally. For anyone who ever suffers from "mental flu" - depression, anxiety, addiction problems, etc, this book is invaluable. It's clearly laid out, with sections for each problem, plus a useful introduction that's good at cheering you up and putting things in perspective. Each section has useful illustrative "histories", check lists and great advice. The book is well written and has an intelligent and encouraging style which is great when you need help.

This is the third copy I have bought of this book - because I keep lending it to people who really need it, and not getting it back...
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It got me a new job! 29 Sep 2003
I can't remember why my wife bought me this book now but after reading it I changed in so many ways (for the better) that I managed to free up extra time for the things that are important to me, get over my fear of flying but more importantly gave me the confidence to get a new job. I can't rate this book enough for everyone - if you think it's not for you then read it and make your decision afterwards!
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3.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading if you're under stress
some good tips that helped me through some bad times.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps more useful for people who have already started CBT and (if...
Not especially helpful in relation to specific problems such as OCD. May not be helpful in ddressing chronic anxiety and depression in first instance, even alongside CBT. Read more
Published 1 month ago by featherybird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, the best in its class. I frequently buy it as a gift.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Don't want to be named in your review listing. Dipped into it and found it very helpful.
Published 4 months ago by sue aylward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great self help text covering a wide range of common issues
I love this well written self help text which covers a wife range of common human problems. Working as a Psychotherapist, I frequently recommend this as additional reading for my... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers a lot!
Seems to cover a multitude. Quite a tome. Not to be read in one go! Might cause depression. So far only read snippets. Sure it will be enlightening as recommended by Doctor.
Published 4 months ago by termundrydge
5.0 out of 5 stars Managing your mind indeed
The book is in English, no big words to confuse or baffle. Sectioned to be able to read by topics
Published 5 months ago by Mrs M Weatherley
5.0 out of 5 stars present
I bought it as present and has arrived in time for the person i have given to.all seems well packed as i was feed was according to standars.will buy again.
Published 5 months ago by cm riordan
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help
My mum in law was told to get this book by her doctor and then I read it. It helped us both and is great to 're read and refer to
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Julie Lawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical book which makes sense
Excellent no noncense book is light on jargon high on practical advice! Written in easy to use and understand format.
Published 7 months ago by LeeJason Buttitta
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