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The layout and the arrangement of themes is better, the text and information has more depth and it is more "user-friendly" if, like us, you have no experience in the subject. The ideas and suggestions are well grounded in the context, making it easier to understand why and how the things needing to be changed impact our lives, which facilitates the transition (implementing those behaviour changes). None of the books intends to be a miracle cure for every problem, but applying some of their premises have helped me achieving better communication with others and also a better hindsight of myself, especially in what concerns my starting points (my initial ideias, interpretations, emotions and so on that I rarely realised were even there but formed the way I shaped my dialogue or how my feelings and thoughts developed). The Dummies book is far more complete and easy to use, especially if you intend to stick to certain chapters only, and it is also more engaging. My mind kept going back and forth to previous things I had read and putting it together. The other one feels a bit more like a school book you try to memorise as you go along.
The one thing I strongly disliked about the Dummies was the authors choice to refer to certain negative emotions and "guilt trips" as sins... Honestly, in a language as rich as the English one, there's no need to resort to words which will bring religious connotations to a context that has nothing to do with religious beliefs.
If you're dealing with anxiety, de-motivation, depression or anger, and your judgement and perception are clouded by all of these and more, what you need is a genuinely 'for dummies' introduction. You need something cleanly and simply formatted (fail), engaging - probably thanks to real life examples and use of every day language (fail), written conversationally with a genuine sense of the authors personality, expertise and empathy coming through(fail), that ideally starts by reflecting back at the user the frustrations and pain points they're experiencing in a sympathetic, positive way; and only then, step by step, explains the underlying dynamics and mechanics that CBT identifies and addresses.
What it actually does is use an information dense, distractingly 'mix-and-match' format (which, in all fairness, is the series' USP, so they couldn't really do anything else); introduces CBT as a concept and science in a way that borderline mystifies it (surely a book for dummies should demystify?) instead of talking about needs and solutions that users can immediately identify with; and, although written informally, isn't written conversationally or engagingly.Read more ›
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