I sat down this evening with this book and can say, it makes sense and is easy to read for the lay person, and I was able to read through it basically in one reading. I also liked the way that the author, a clinical psychologist, was able to put it not into the soft and fuzzy world of mere cognitions, but to show how the brain works like hardware, and how, when we are having bad moods and feelings and feeling pessimistic, mostly what we are doing is loading negative "DVDs" (internal memories from before) into our conscious mind, through the "RAS", or reticular activation system. This all sounds like good neuroscience to me, not some New Age stuff. The author then goes on to show us how this happens to all of us, and depression and weakness do not mean that we are "weak", but rather, that we are loading in the wrong "DVDs". Works for me. He then shows us that using cognitive behavioral therapy, we can much better control the "DVDs" that go through the RAS filter, and thus control our own feelings and moods. This all makes sense in the context of modern psychology, with journalling, "well-formed outcomes", and lists of positive images, which he suggests we collect to use. A good book and sure to help many.