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1.0 out of 5 stars Structured and simple.. if CBT is for you., 17 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Stop Worrying: Get your life back on track with CBT (Paperback)
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OK so to begin with a caveat. I'm not a great believer in the CBT movement. I say this with limited knowledge, but I can only tell you what I think. I've done lots of therapy over the years and I've tried CBT too. I believe it has its place in the therapy world. CBT can provide you with a bag of tricks that will help you to deal with emotions / mental states that cause you varying degrees of disturbance. You need to be willing to turn your intellect off to some extent for CBT to work for you. It can often seem simplistic and patronising. But if you're in dire circumstances and finding that you are struggling with paralysing panic attacks, or insecurity or similar, then CBT can help you to talk yourself round and at the very least, allow for a different possibility. That said, I also think that CBT is overused in the UK, largely because it's cheap and fast as a 'solution' to a range of mental health issues. I also find CBT to be a blunt tool. You are required to accept that your thinking is 'wrong'. This can be helpful, but it can also be undermining - not necessarily very helpful. So - that's my view in brief.

As to the book. Let's be aware right from the off that this book is subtitled 'Stop Worrying'. It has a rather limited scope, shall we say. Having read but not worked through the book, I can say that it's very proscriptive - it has exercises to do each day (thought or relaxation) and it may be of use to anyone who can accept CBT (particularly taught in such a simplistic manner) as a valid tool. It explains about alternative thinking styles and avoids Americanisms (sorry Americans but this can be annoying for Brits and I'm sure the reverse is true) and if followed, it will force you to confront the way you think and at the very least spend some time thinking about you - never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, I found it patronising, frustrating, annoying and sometimes pant-wettingly funny / ridiculous. I don't find it helpful to pretend I'm a cat and that my thoughts are little mice I need to catch and put in a box. I'm not interested in whirling thoughts around on clouds. I'll say no more because for some this may be a useful book. To be fair it would indeed stop me worrying because I'd be lying on the floor alternating between paroxysms of rage and laughing so much I peed. There are better CBT books out there.
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