Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Teach Yourself Paperback – 29 Jan 2010
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It is broken down into accessible, clearly-written chunks, with exercises that are easy to remember and help you understand how to combat unhelpful ways of thinking that contribute towards all sorts of problems - anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism, etc. The best thing about it is that if you don't find a particular exercise helpful, there are many ways of tailoring them to you. It does take some practise, but I found that in relatively little time I had far less panic attacks. In about 2 months after reading the book (and not even getting to the end) I felt like a different person, and that is no exaggeration. For people with less severe problems, an interest in psychology or for those who simply want to change something about themselves - shyness, insecurity, any behaviour that holds you back - it is much easier and more personal than counselling.
My only criticism is that it is slightly repetitive. I understand this is helpful to get readers to retain information, and it did certainly work for me, but as I said I did not reach the end of the book. Fortunately I found that by a certain point I did not need it so much any more - which just goes to show how much it worked for me. Since then I have recommended it to friends and family.
It is written in an easy to understand format with everything fully explained, and if you want to go into anything in further depth there is a reading list at the end. There are lots of work sheets which you can use, but even if, like me, you just read it through from cover to cover, you can learn a lot about yourself and why you do things. Highly recommended.
The exercises are practical which is essential if you are unable to get out of your monkey mind! It can seem tough when you can't be arsed to write or reflect but I found if I kept doing them during the bearable times, I was more motivated when it got tough.
When I started to see results I became less nihilistic and better able to see myself in a more realistic way. It reminded me of a quote from I can't remember who; Great Oaks are felled by little strokes. This is true of this book. It takes time but well worth it if you want to change your perspective of life.
I love the teach yourself series, it's really empowering. Just what you need when your self esteem is low. I also read the stand up comedy one too and am still doing gigs now. Both books, whilst not all-encompassing oracles, certainly give you tools to make your life better and help you achieve what you want. For a very small price. My kind of book thank you!