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Change your view of self and others - become more positive
on 27 July 2001
Truly an excellent book which I would recommend to anyone.
The book is designed as a 'self-help', based upon an approach developed by the authors and successively evolved and expanded by many qualified people to present day. It is therefore not based upon any 'fads' - rather many years of experience from psychiatrists and psychologists, backed up with numerous research surveys etc.
(You don't necessarily have to have any problems to benefit from the book, but it will prepare you to deal with them ,should they arise, and it also helps you to understand other people and the place that this type of approach has in the wider context).
It is written in a very straightforward no-nonsense and minimal jargon fashion - and can be easily read. It is very thought provoking - in an extremely positive manner.
The book begins with some scene setting - what the approach is all about, how it developed etc.
It then develops into a consideration of how people tend to condition their thinking around a basic set of somewhat 'lopsided' views of life, resulting in the creating difficulties for themselves.
These 'lopsided' views are termed 'irrational beliefs' and a chapter is devoted to each of the ten that are defined. The chapters are liberally 'sprinkled' with many actual examples of people who had been affected by jaded thinking, their outcomes and the positive actions that can be taken by the reader to obtain worthwhile results.
The remainder of the book considers various practical aspects of the method and how it is evolved to present day. (The references section at the end of the book are pretty impressive.)