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Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Butler , Tony Hope
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market. A blend of tried-and-true psychological counseling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBTand other psychological treatments, the book straddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one's personal and professional life, the way to success is the same. By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the "mental fitness" necessary to resolve one's personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life.
The first edition addressed how to develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one's time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.), how to improve one's relationships, how to beat anxiety and depression, and how to establish a good mind-body balance. For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters-on sexuality and intimate relationships; anger in relationships; recent traumatic events and their aftermath; loss and bereavement; and dealing with the past.


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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)

Manage Your Mind 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,)

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1818 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0195314530
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005254IJ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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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14 of 14 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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and complete 10 May 2006
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful 6 Sept. 2010
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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As well as giving excellent advice on management and communication skills it helped me get over my phobia of dentists! Very easy to read. Very practical.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best all Round Guide for Mental Fitness 24 Oct. 2000
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Format:Paperback
My friends brought me this book for my Birthday, which says alot about the way I must have been behaving towards people. Since then I have read it three times and refer back to it whenever I feel I need to. It gives pratical advice, following through with examples and explanations of why the exercises work. I suffer quite badly from social anxiety and this book has really helped me get through some very troubled times. A word of warning though, It takes alot of hard work and perseverance to make the changes suggested in this book, but it is well worth the effort. I have actualy met Gillian Butler on a Stress Management course. She is a very nice person, but looks nothing like her picture in the back of this book.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Very interesting and so useful for applying to everyday life. Good excersises to do yourself.
Published 2 months ago by emma
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Published 4 months ago by Harriet B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hug in a book
Fantastic - a doctor recommended this, and it's full of common sense. Should be on the National Curriculum.
Published 4 months ago by Suzanne A
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I suffer with depression and my doctor recommended I read this book as I refused to take medication for it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Well organised if rather dull set of chapters. Worth reading but difficult to get to the end of.
Published 6 months ago by Germander
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Published 6 months ago by Piers Nye
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 11 months ago by Phudd
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 12 months ago by featherybird
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