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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 (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,427 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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182 of 183 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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34 of 34 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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41 of 42 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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing 7 Nov 2001
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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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61 of 63 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The book of all books
Absolutely brilliant book. I have suffered from depression but mainly anxiety on and off for years and have read countless self help books. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly easy but informative book with very useful and practical...
A fairly easy but informative book with very useful and practical advice, albeit very repetitive (perhaps that's the point to drill the point home, but can get tiresome once you... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr Awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read several self help books before but this is slightly...
I have only read the first few chapters but so far I am very impressed with this book. I have read several self help books before but this is slightly different and I feel more... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Magdalen Gentry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
v good
Published 10 days ago by j.k.cross
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Suggested to me by a friend...very wordy and repetitive...I only read the first two chapters
Published 17 days ago by B. Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Opened my eyes
Having felt depressed for a few years I needed to find away out. I feel that this book has gave me the tools I need to deal with negative thought as well helping me to become a... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Matthew Gunning
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good read.
Published 22 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyed reading this book am now reading "don't sweat the...
Really makes sense,thoroughly enjoyed reading this book am now reading "don't sweat the small stuff"
Published 1 month ago by ANGELA DAVIS
4.0 out of 5 stars I would strongly recommend reading this book if you have suffered from...
I would strongly recommend reading this book if you have suffered from depression and anxiety. If you can learn a new way of not thinking it could change your life!
Published 1 month ago by Eve Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book!!!!
I have read numerous books on depression and anxiety which some have helped me in different ways.This book however I found so easy to understand about how your thoughts can control... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cath
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