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The Little Book of Thinking Errors: A Self-help Guide to Changing Unhelpful Thoughts [Paperback]

Kevin Michael O'Doherty , Cognitive Therapy books
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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26 May 2009
Have you ever found yourself feeling sad about what happened yesterday? Or worrying about what may happen tomorrow? Do you sometimes notice a whole range of disturbing thoughts going round and around in your mind? It was the psychiatrist Aaron Beck in the 1960 s who first coined the term thinking errors to describe some of the mistakes we can sometimes make in our thinking, which can play a part in emotional distress. Beck found a close relationship between these thinking errors and depression. Since then, a great deal of research has taken place, confirming the link between the way we think and how we feel. For Cognitive Behaviour Therapists, helping you to review and amend unhelpful thinking is viewed as being of central importance in the alleviation of emotional distress. Thus, when you begin to work with a CBT therapist, they will help you to develop a deeper understanding of your thought processes, with a view to replacing the unhelpful thoughts, with more constructive and realistic views, that are more conducive to psychological health and wellbeing. This book lists and describes many of the thinking errors that can play a part in psychological distress and unhappiness. Each thinking error is described using fictitious examples and lots of useful suggestions for challenging the thinking errors are outlined. In this handy sized book, the Author, Psychologist and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Kevin O Doherty, describes a range of thinking errors that can lead to emotional distress and unhappiness. After describing each of the thinking errors, the book goes on to give useful, easy to follow tips on how you can begin to think in a more helpful, constructive and compassionate way. The Little Book of Thinking Errors is suitable for anyone who is interested in better understanding the link between what they think and how they feel. The book is an absolute must for: Trainee Therapists Practising Therapists and Mental Health Professionals Therapists Providing Group CBT People undergoing CBT Therapy


Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Cognitive Therapy books; First edition (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956264107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956264107
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 10.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I began my academic career as a psychology lecturer and moved on to become a health psychologist and cognitive behaviour therapist. At the time of going to print, I am a training manager for a national mental health charity based in Central London, supporting people with enduring mental health issues into education and training. I also have a private CBT practice in Central London, where I continue to see clients on a regular basis. I decided to write the Little Book of Thinking Errors for very practical reasons. There was no other small, compact and easy to use book that summarised most of the thinking errors that came up in my clinical practice. I wanted to design the book in such a way that it could be used primarily by clients, and people who merely had an interest in the way our thoughts help to shape our feelings. But also, the intention was for the book to be useful to practicing therapists and other health and social care professionals. On a personal level, I have certainly found that in the process of writing this book, I am much more aware of how important it is to increase awareness of our thinking errors, and of the range of techniques we can use to replace unhelpful thoughts, thus helping to minimise psychological distress. I very much hope that you will find this book an easy to use, valuable resource. Feedback is always welcomed. Please visit the website below. Thank you very much for your purchase.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful "back-pocket" little book 21 May 2011
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For those seeking to help themselves in changing their irrational ways of thinking and belief systems, this book covers all the main thinking errors I have found in other major CBT titles. It is excellent to find a pocket-sized book listing all these errors. I award only three stars becuase of some avoidable typing errors in the book and the nature of its poor binding - some pages of mine pulled apart just a few days after its use.

To benefit much more from this little book, the reader is urged to first learn more about the "crooked thinking" types listed in the book by reading researched-based, well-developed, CBT titles like MANAGE YOUR MIND BY BUTLER AND HOPE (2007) and CHANGE YOUR THINKING WITH CBT BY EDELMAN (2006). Then, and only then, in my view, will the reader be able to put the issues raised in this book in their proper context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So accurate 14 Aug 2013
By Nenella
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I saw myself in a few of those thinking errors and the tips giving there are really useful. It's a great help and I have recommended to friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the little book of thinking errors 1 Sep 2012
By linzi
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I enjoyed the book and it helped me into understanding negative thinking alot more. This book was recommended for my CBT , and to an extent has helped a little. I have re-read the book over nad over and have now passed it on to my friend who is experiencing simalir problems to myself. Well worth a buy for study or recovering purposes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 2 Sep 2010
By J
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This is a good book, small and compact as it says. In here are all sorts of different ways of thinking we all use and some advice on what to do if you are using any of them too much!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Self help book 21 Jan 2013
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Haven't got round to reading it yet but I am sure it will be helpful to myself and/or my practice
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