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Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) [Paperback]

Martha Davis , Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman , Matthew McKay
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1 Jun 2008 New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook
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Since its first publication in 1980, "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook" has become the most indispensable resource for effective and up-to-date techniques for relaxing the body, calming the mind, and refreshing the spirit. Therapists recommend the book to their clients; readers pass it on to their friends. More than half a million copies have helped millions of people take the edge off their stressful lives and find the peace they need to foster happiness and success. The overwhelming popularity of this book is the result of its comprehensive yet simple and straightforward adaptation of all the most effective relaxation techniques.No other book offers easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions for using progressive relaxation, autogenics, self-hypnosis, visualization, mindfulness, acceptance, and more. This revision will significantly update and simplify this timeless classic. The authors provide the most proven-effective worry and anger models based on the latest research. They have simplified many of the chapters so that readers only get the best treatment methods in the most accessible manner. Two new chapters include "Facing Feelings", which focuses on mindfulness and acceptance, and "Coping with Anger". The chapter on time management will be revised to include information on how to unplug from our wealth of electronic communication conveniences when necessary. The book also includes an updated resources section and subject index.

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  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications,U.S.; 6Rev Ed edition (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245495
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This text remains, after twenty years, the clearest, best-organized, and most readable book on stress management. It has achieved the status of the 'classic' self-help reference in the field."
--Edmund J. Bourne, PhD, author of "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Coping with Anxiety, "and "Beyond Anxiety and Phobia"

About the Author

Martha Davis, PhD, was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is coauthor of Thoughts and Feelings and The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.

Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who worked as a staff operations consultant for the marketing and internet services group of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She is now retired and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is preparing to become a certified coach for executives and other individuals and plans to use skills and techniques from this book in her practice..

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. He has also penned two fiction novels, Us and The Wawona Hotel. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the Bay Area.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stress reduction for dummies. 29 Sep 2008
Sure we're all stressed a little now and then, but when the stress REALLY starts to build up and becomes too much, consider this little helper. An oversized volume (making it much easier to read), this book contains not one, but MANY different ways of reducing your stress- that's why its called a workbook. And this is precisely what makes this book such a gem- there's virtually something in it for everyone. If you don't like one technique, no problem, just go to the next chapter and try another one until you find one that suits you.

A handy book that should help de-stress a lot of people, I give it 5 stars easy. Can also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for readers who have trouble getting motivated to do healthy things regularly- like practice relaxation techniques!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Anxiety management 1 Sep 2010
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This book attempts to do what it says on the cover! The only problem is that it is written for the american market and it emphasis seems to be on family and religion. The spelling makes it hard to scan and the grammar is different as well. If you have the time to do the worksheets, you might get something out of it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book to be able to cope with stress situations that generated lot of somatic problems including the sudden rise of blood pressure. I found the help quite good, easy to follow, and directly to the point. In Chapter 1 you will find immediately the many causes of stress and a direct help on how to use the Workbook: depending on your symptoms a Table will show you which Chapters you should read. Each Chapter deals with one particular method, so that you know which methods are the most specific for your case. Each Chapter has a selected bibliography, so that if one Method is good for you, you can buy another book to go deeper in that method.

The only critic I have to point out is the following. There are 2 chapters written by external contributors (not the authors mentioned in the Front Cover); those Chapters are Nutrition (Chapter 19) and Exercise (Chapter 20). I found those chapters not so well adapted to the rest of the book. For example it is known that weight lifting is not recommended for high blood pressure, but in the chapter on exercise weight lifting is given as a possible exercise without mentioning if it could be bad for any particular problem. Concerning the chapter on Nutrition a similar problem arises. Good hints are given, but no particular categorization as to which type of diet to follow for a particular problem. Albeit of these critics, I do not wish to give less than 5 stars to this book, because it is an excellent tool and help, recommended to anyone suffering from stress related problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I would comfortably recommend this book to all therapists but not necessarily as a self-help tool for clients suffering from stress and anxiety; without an appropriate assessment and diagnosis, guidance, support and advice from a qualified therapist the manual could be confusing for clients, some interventions and suggestions more helpful than others... best in my view to be used during therapy as an additional intervention by the practitioner and/or could be offered to clients at the end of the therapy as a 'relapse prevention' tool (though I accept that some humanistic approaches may not find this suggestion appealing). It could also be used by CBT trainees to learn about interventions that may be very effective against stress and anxiety or by clients who received CBT and want to remind themselves of different tools (or even improve on their existing knowledge).

Daniel Mirea Senior Lecturer and CBT consultant
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful workbook 4 Feb 2009
I bought this book not for my own personal use, but for a research project I was commissioned to do about the genre of self-help books for stress reduction and relaxation. In analysing the book in detail, I found it to be a comprehensive and practical guide, written in an accessible style, which helps readers zero in on the causes of their individual stress levels and suggests a range of different relaxation methods and exercises. This is not a book for readers looking for a quick fix to their stress problems - it involves time and commitment to study and master the various techniques discussed - but the end result justifies the effort and the learning curve. Barbara Grehs Marketing, London, UK
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