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Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2000
I've been hunting for a book for ages to try and free up some time. A stressful job and studying via distance learning does not leave much spare time and can result in me becoming very stressed. The book details loads of tips to try and help life in general and has chapters on specifics such as anxiety, over/under eating, effective studying, alcohol etc. It is proving to be a must, you wonder how you coped beforehand. I would recommend this book to anyone prepared to spend a few minutes each day thinking about different ways of approaching situations to improve your life in general. It's well worth the money and lends itself to be either read through completely or just dipped into chapters as necessary. A great deal better than lots of other self help books as it's easy to apply and memorable.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2009
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I am a practising GP and frequently suggest that both my patients and my colleagues look at it. There are very few high quality, evidence-based, readable self-help tools around to which I would be prepared to entrust my patients well being and this book is one of only two that I rate. It covers pretty much every source of "hassle" in a busy 21st century life, is clearly written in a style that is accessible to the majority and, wherever possible, the authors draw on the best published evidence to support their statements and advice. The authors are highly qualified professionals (one is an Oxford clinical professor and the other a noted psychotherapist) who continue to be active in the area of self-help giving the book additional credibility. I refer to it frequently and find it has something to say to me about most of my own sources of stress. It is obviously not the answer to everything and won't necessarily substitute for a visit to your GP/counsellor etc. but as an additional tool it is invaluable.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2006
This is a complete users manual for the brain. Thought is too linked to personality to make it easy for us to evaluate what we do and how we think.

The writers are objective and very methodical, taking the reader through common sense and less obvious steps. The chapters are well divided and enable reference back to specific areas of interest. For example, although interesting, the chapters on addiction were not relevant to me, while time manaement was; the sectioning of the book enables me to refer to Time Management as a topic.

There are lots of points here that may seem obvious but I don't see that as a point of criticism. I would rather this than other points and methods of management were left out. We do tend to ignore the obvious sometimes anyway.

The book is unemotional, and not an inspiring, lifting book to change your life. This isn't a criticism, but an observation. You can get that in other books. This is a mechanic's manual.

Another good point is that this deals with a range of functions of the brain. For example, depression may be a reason for you reading the book, but such is the application, those of us not suffering from it can benefit from the knowledge of cognitive therapy. Further, topics range from illnesses such as depression to practical tips for normal healthy relationships and managing work committments and solving problems.

Many of us who already use our minds well don't fully see how we do this. The book stands outside and objectively shows us how we do it and what else we can do. In that, it's a winner.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
This book is a life saver - probably literally. For anyone who ever suffers from "mental flu" - depression, anxiety, addiction problems, etc, this book is invaluable. It's clearly laid out, with sections for each problem, plus a useful introduction that's good at cheering you up and putting things in perspective. Each section has useful illustrative "histories", check lists and great advice. The book is well written and has an intelligent and encouraging style which is great when you need help.

This is the third copy I have bought of this book - because I keep lending it to people who really need it, and not getting it back...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 1999
As well as giving excellent advice on management and communication skills it helped me get over my phobia of dentists! Very easy to read. Very practical.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2000
My friends brought me this book for my Birthday, which says alot about the way I must have been behaving towards people. Since then I have read it three times and refer back to it whenever I feel I need to. It gives pratical advice, following through with examples and explanations of why the exercises work. I suffer quite badly from social anxiety and this book has really helped me get through some very troubled times. A word of warning though, It takes alot of hard work and perseverance to make the changes suggested in this book, but it is well worth the effort. I have actualy met Gillian Butler on a Stress Management course. She is a very nice person, but looks nothing like her picture in the back of this book.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 1999
This book offers practical approaches to helping a person solve his own problems. I read it through when I first purchased it (1996). Now I refer to it from time to time when I feel I need help with a particular matter. This book is easy to read, and it explains things in a professional manner for better understanding. The book offers practical techniques for solving many common and some difficult problems people experience. Teenagers can benefit reading this book because it addresses real problems which they are likely to face with real answers and stresses personal accountability for the answer to most of life's problems. I recommend it highly to everyone. It's a great book!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2003
I can't remember why my wife bought me this book now but after reading it I changed in so many ways (for the better) that I managed to free up extra time for the things that are important to me, get over my fear of flying but more importantly gave me the confidence to get a new job. I can't rate this book enough for everyone - if you think it's not for you then read it and make your decision afterwards!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What you put into your body has an impact on your physical health. You are in big trouble if you live on candy, chips and root beer. Similarly, what you dwell on in your mind affects your mental health. If your thoughts are self-critical, obsessive and anxious, you will not be happy. In fact, you will probably be miserable and neurotic. Fortunately, just as you can improve your physical health with diet and exercise, you can also take specific steps to improve your mental health. Cognitive therapy experts Gillian Butler and Tony Hope show you these steps and teach you how to use them to develop a healthier, happier mind. They offer sensible techniques you can use to feel more self-confident, and less anxious, stressed and fearful. This self-help guide outlines techniques for achieving your mental health goals, including chapters on beating bad habits and building decision-making and memory skills. getAbstract suggests this exemplary book to anyone who wants to be more positive, upbeat and serene.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2009
I bought this book when I read a rave review in The Pscyhologist, the British Pscyhological Society's journal. It takes the reader through all kinds of aspects of their lives and shows them ways to make positive changes. I dip into it frequently; it's also useful for showing where to find more detailed material. Written by two practising professionals, it's jargon-free and highly practical. Everyone with a mind would benefit from reading it.
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