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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies Paperback – 26 Jul 2013
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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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Seven guided meditations, including the sitting with difficult thoughts meditation and mindful breathing meditation Step–by–step advice to prepare yourself for effective meditation
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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very well informed book that takes you a few step further from the basic MBCT sessions making it a very good guide to dealing with anxiety and depression but also to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought the paper copy because I wanted to both enjoy this book and use it as a reference. As a For Dummies book, it serves both purposes ably. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Max Eames
I don't normally write reviews but I am struggling with this book. I do realise that it's part of the "for dummies" series but does it have to be quite so patronising. Read morePublished on 6 May 2015 by Finding Truth
This book is excellent!!!! I have Cognitive problems and this book gives you support and all the help you need to get yourself back on track.Published on 1 Mar. 2015 by Shaz
I was steered towards Patrizia's excellent book by a friend, soon after my family was thrown one moment into a monumental crisis. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2014 by SiB
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