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Richard Carlson
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Revolutionary in its simplicity and accessible to all, this bestselling book offers commonsense methods that allow you to let go of depression and tap into natural joy.

In this indispensable handbook, Richard Carlson demonstrates how we can change everything in our lives – earn more money, meet new friends, get a new job – yet still feel dissatisfied. Happiness, he says, is not 'out there' but within, a state of mind that is independent of circumstance: 'If you begin to see that your thoughts are not the real thing – they're just thoughts and as thoughts they can't hurt you – your entire life will begin to change today.'

Carlson's step-by-step guide explains:
• How your thoughts determine how you feel.
• Why thinking about problems only makes them worse.
• That thoughts come and go – you are free to choose at any moment which to hold on to and which to let go.
• Straightforward methods for conquering depression.
• How to dismiss negative thoughts and discover inner contentment.
• How to overcome lifelong pessimism and start really living.

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722535473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722535479
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is the book I give to all my depressed friends; they start to look better from around page 3!'

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Carlson is the acclaimed author of the international bestseller Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

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168 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book and keep re-reading it 20 Jan 2004
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Dr Carlson has written many self-help books aimed at helping us to find the stable state of happiness that naturally exists within us all. He has now written this book specifically for those of us who suffer from depression. The book contains practical truths that are so obvious that most of us miss them or at least bypass them in the rush of our everyday lives. If you are suffering from depression this book will help immensely. Richard Carlson will show you how your state of depression is as much perpetuated by your own thinking as it is by any chemical imbalance that may or may not exist. I have read this book at the same time as receiving treatment with an SSRI anti-depressant (Cipralex). While I am unsure if the SSRI has benefited me at all after 6 weeks, I am certain that this book has changed my outlook completely after two weeks and that it continues to do so more and more with each re-reading. If I allow myself to slip back into my old ways of thinking, the severity of my depression rapidly returns. The good news is that it just as rapidly alleviates when I get back on track with my thinking. Another reviewer has said that the book is repetitious and simple to read and yet that Dr Carlson's approach is hard work to put into practice. I both agree and disagree with this view. The book is simple to read and may seem repetitious. However, if you are one of Dr Carlson's target audience of sufferers from depression you should read this book and keep on re-reading it. You will find that on each re-reading something will leap out at you with greater meaning than it did before. I have highlighted many sentences so that I can rapidly re-read them, and have noted down the keywords on the title page. This way I can pull myself back on track quickly. Read more ›
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing 7 Nov 2001
By A Customer
This book does exactly what the title suggests, it tells you how to become the master of your own thoughts. How to stop dwelling on past events and to start living in the moment.
Since reading this book I have totally changed my way of thinking. If you suffer with depression, find yourself feeling down a lot of the time because of thoughts running around and around, then this is the book for you.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - simple but incredibly effective. 14 Feb 2002
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Reading this book is like being freed from a prison cell of mental torture - it's that good.
Whereas other books tell you to think your way out of negativity this book does the complete opposite and permits you to stop taking your negative thoughts seriously.
I have read lots of self help books but this is the only one that's made a real difference to my life - 100% recommended !
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Up until about 2 years ago (when i bought this book), my life was controlled by depression. No-one seemed to be my friend, and talking to people made things even worse. Even if i got over the depression, there would still be no reason to be happy. I was doubtful anyone could help me. The truth is, I didn't need a reason to be happy or content or whatever, because as I began to understand what was making me miserable, EVERYTHING started to get at least a bit better. I only needed to read the first 3/4 of the book to know that i will never, ever be depressed again.
Reading each page was a beautiful experience, as everything Carlson says makes a difference to your life. It was like I could feel myself getting better!
If you trust the writing, this book will enable you to control your thoughts exactly as you please, and, if you are chronically depressed it is probably the best book in the field.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the ONLY self help book you will ever need 2 Mar 2003
By A Customer
I have suffered depression in all forms from recurring bouts of the blues to severe clinical depression. I have read every book ever published on the subject. I recently came across this one and I was blown away by its simplicity and efficacy.It cuts through so much psychobabble rubbish and junks the myth of so much useless thereapy which involves going over and over old problems.
This guy is a genius and he writes so well.
I bless the day I happened upon this book .
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 2 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Having been hospitalised with severe depression, I bought a copy of the book 6 months after recovery. What a revelation to discover that I could have prevented this experience if I had only understood more about the nature of my own thoughts. Even before the experience when I was generally happy go lucky, I never considered the mechanisms of thought although I certainly must have practised them without realizing.
Since reading the book, I understand how I became depressed. I've benefited by becoming more aware of my thoughts and mood and seeing the practical techniques as a challenge I'm happier, live more in the "now" and feel empowered.
I agree with the gentleman that wrote 'Stop Thinking and Start Living' that it should be taught in schools. It's an invaluable little book with practical idea's which I have made work for me. Many thanks Richard Carlson. One of the few books I have read that makes total sense.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Reading this book was for me an experience to cherish. It is simply the best self-help book that I have read in years. In fact I think that it would be hard to beat.

As a therapist and author myself I certainly understand just how negative life can become for people who do not understand that they are fully in control or their lives and their own neurology.

The most import aspect about 'Stop Thinking, Start Living' is that Richard Carlson delivers his important message in a very simple way that simply just reading it will change your life forever - and thats no over exaggeration.

There are some problems with the title such as a few typos and the repetition, however some people need to be told more than just once so this is not really such a bad thing.

I truly believe that if you suffer from depression, anxiety or negativity then this book is the hidden gem that you have been searching for. I only wish that they made it available on the NHS, there would certainly be a lot more smiley people around.

It really is a must read for sufferers of these crippling issues and their therapists could learn a lot from reading it too!

Richard Carlson really does explain in a common sense way something that is life altering. It seems so believable and this is down to the fact that it is. He explains what happens to our minds when we get stressed, depressed and negative. More importantly he gives us the solution that we need to get the lives that we deserve. It is some simple you will have wondered why you didn't this of it yourself!

Just a word of warning - The book is about 180 pages long, but it is one of those titles that makes you feel that you are taking steps towards your goal with each page that you read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased so far
I have just started reading this book and so far I am very pleased. I am a young sufferer of depression and have dealt with negative thoughts, depression and poor self esteem for a... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars This works for me
I have suffered from Depression and Anxiety on an off for a number of years now. I originally bought a copy of this book in paperback and read it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
I work as a counsellor and recommend this book to many of my clients. It helps address those negative thinking patterns in a very easy to read, simple way.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Just FANTASTIC!
This book is life-transforming. The ideas in it are very simple but yet very powerful to help you live in the present and stop wasting your life by thinking obsessively by either... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ponchito Tello
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I read this as I had a spell of depression. I blieve it helped me get over my negative thinking and control my demons for good.
Published 2 months ago by Stevie Belfast
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing read, something for everyone to think about
Thank you for such a helpful book. Such a simple idea but really puts life into perspective. I have already downloaded and look forward to reading another of these book 'don't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JF
5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle
Buy it. This book is a god send. It took me from chronically depressed and suicidal to happy and enlightened within 2 days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jaffamuffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was recommended to me and I am pleased that it was. The way it is written is very easy to read and the points made by the author have helped me to start changing the way... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D Gould
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely enlightening
I haven't been able to put this book down. I have found it a real inspiration into finding a cure for a long battle with depression. Well recommend others who suffer to read this.
Published 3 months ago by Ms. S. A. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A HEALING BOOK
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