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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (26 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118519469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118519462
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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With great programmes and chapters on stopping the cycle of depression and breaking free from addiction, this is a very good book; if you have any problems or just having a hard time, this book has a large amount of knowledge that can you put your life back on track. (Frost Magazine, Autumn 2013)

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Break the mental chains that keep you stuck in the past and start living a fuller, happier life

If you suffer from depression you know how it feels to be dragged down by past hurts, regrets and disappointments. In this book you ll learn an amazingly simple, yet highly effective, approach to breaking free of past woes (and future worries) and beating negative ways of thinking.

Therapist Dr Patrizia Collard takes you on an eight–week journey of self–discovery, arming you with powerful tools for warding off future depression and related problems, such as anxiety, addiction and low self–esteem.

  • Make room for peace of mind learn to prepare a physical (and mental) space conducive to meditation practice
  • Take a good look at what s hurting you find the courage to confront your demons, face–to–face, rather than pushing them away
  • Break those mental chains become aware of the background noise and static that s distracting you from clarity and purpose
  • Pay attention to the here and now master mindfulness
  • techniques for living in the present moment, rather than fixating on the past or worrying about what the future may bring
  • Expand your focus apply what you learn to beating an array of specific problems from addiction to depression, including eating disorders, pain, anxiety and more

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As someone who has suffered from bouts of depression and used CBT techniques both in my recovery and ongoing mental maintenance, I'm interested in alternative approaches to the same subject. I am cynical enough to also recognise that self-help books are big business and the popularity of CBT has lead to a whole market of 'flavours' of CBT.

For the uninitiated, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a method by which you learn to recognise behaviours that indicate a slide into depression and have a toolbox of techniques to challenge the negative thoughts that commonly begin that process. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT for short) uses meditation to achieve calmness and a greater awareness of the world around us. That's an over-simplified summary of what this book is about but it generally tries to teach you to take time out each day to meditate and also to become more aware of the daily actions that we take for granted.

The book mentions a spiritual approach a few times in the early chapters and I was slightly concerned that some religious mumbo jumbo would be introduced but Dr Collard is at pains to point out that you can use these techniques whether you are of a religious persuasion or not.

Here's an example of being more mindful: "When you dry your body, notice the feeling of your towel soaking up the pearls of water" or "...preparing a meal mindfully. You can start when you shop for the meal, looking for the ingredients, appreciating their colour or packaging and their smell". There are step by step instructions for meditation and yoga-like movements, following an 8 week course of different subjects to meditate on or just focussing on silence and breathing.
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I found this to be a very good taster for Mindfulness healing whilst at the same time a source of encouragement and uplift or someone like me who is recovering from a breakdown whilst not being in the first flush of youth.
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I highly recommend this book.I teach mindfulness in the workplace, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) works really well.

Until fairly recently, if you wanted to find out more about MBCT you had to trudge through dull academic texts (fine for practitioners, but not so good for end users). MBCT for Dummies makes MBCT easy to understand and accessible to all. It gives an overview of the eight week course and is packed with handy hints and tips.

This book gives people the tools to make big changes to their lives. At one end of the scale it could help you learn to manage your mind better, at the other extreme it could help you to break free from addiction, or cope better with to pain. It suggests pragmatic ways to improve your well-being and incorporate mindfulness into everyday life.

This book is proof (if you needed it) that Mindfulness has become mainstream. There's no sit down and meditate for hours on end (although a little daily practice goes a long way!)and its easy to incorporate it into the everyday things you do.
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I follow a number of CBT techniques and have been practicing mindfulness meditation this year, so thought this book could be very useful for me. I like the For Dummies format and Dr Patrizia has laid out the elements clearly and has defined an eight week course to embed them. I am perhaps being unfair in giving this only four stars as I haven't actually followed the 8 week course and have dipped in and out of the book and the exercises and practices. I will continue to explore with this book and with The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness and will update in a couple of months

This book is laid out as follows:

Part 1 Introducing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy p7-39
Part 11 Sailing Your Personal Ship - the eight Week MBCT course p59-191
Part111 Developing Different treatment Practices
Part 1V The part of Tens
Index

Collard is good on living in the moment, bringing mindfulness to everyday tasks and taking the position of an unbiased observer of your led experience, but perhaps could have used less trite examples in the 8 week course, or have used more gripping case studies to engage the reader.
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As someone who has struggled with depression & very low self-esteem for my entire adult life, I would thoroughly recommend Mindfulness as a means for developing emotional stability & quieting that overly-harsh inner critic. And I would thoroughly recommend this accessible introduction to the topic.

Collard outlines the various techniques which come under the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) umbrella by describing, one stage at a time, what is taught during eight-week MCBT courses. This structures her book in a way which is ideal for beginners & subtly emphasises that while there is enough information here for readers to start putting the techniques into practice, going on a course is the best way to learn.

I read this book while attending such a course myself (at the time of writing I've got one session left to go) & it was a great companion & expansion on what I was being taught. At 39 years old, I wish I had studied Mindfulness years ago, as it has been by far the most effective means I've found for conquering my inner demons. It's not that negative thoughts & emotions don't come up any more but mindfulness techniques are by far the most effective means I've found for dealing with them quickly when they come up. I hope that one day they teach it in schools.

Until that happens, this book is an excellent, practical introduction which avoids any esoteric language or ideas.
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