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Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, 1st Edition: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques (Overcoming Books) by [Fennell, Melanie]
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treats emotional disorders by changing negative patterns of thought. It is now internationally established as a key method of helping overcome longstanding conditions such as panic attacks, depression, anxiety, gambling addictions and some eating disorders.

The first thing that is attractive about this book is the total lack of "technicalese"; this, coupled with its logical construction makes it not only interesting but also easily accessible to the lay reader.

To begin with, a guest author explains the history, meaning and relevance of cognitive therapy. This is followed by Melanie Fennell focusing on "Low Self Esteem" as an introduction to the main body of the book. The reader is then asked to participate in a self-assessment exercise. Having proven to have low self esteem, the reader is shown not only the impact self-esteem can have on their lives, but also many of the resultant issues--physical, emotional and social.

"Having cleared the ground", the author proceeds to explain the importance of and means to identifying triggers to bouts of low self-esteem. This can be as a long-established predilection or as the result of learned behaviour. Once this is achieved, Fennell goes on to advise ploys to overcome these triggers.

There follows a reinforcement to overcoming the triggers by the use of a Daily Action Diary (DAD), where the reader plans their daily routine. Once these "tasks" have been accomplished, they can be ticked off, proving not only self worth by achievement but also acting as a self-distracter.

The book concludes by offering suggestions for "Putting Life Together" and "Planning for the Future". This is done by the use of simple graticules as an easy way of spotting self- critical thoughts and a "Precaution Record Sheet"

This is a very useful book that achieves its stated aims of explaining the nature of low self esteem and self- destructive thinking, providing a complete self-help programme and monitoring sheets and basing its advice on clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy. -- Peter Kidd, trained Community Psychiatric Nurse

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Well written in a way that couches sound cognitive behavioral strategies in terms that avoid technical jargon. (European Eating Disorders Review)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1591 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (1 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002S0KBZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This self-help guide is written in a clear and accessible style and is suitable for everyone who has experienced low self-esteem, anxiety, depression or a number of related problems. The principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy are outlined and then the psychological model for overcoming deeply held beliefs about the self is expounded in a series of chapters which aim to enable one to challenge both thoughts, behaviours and long-held assumptions. This is an excellent example of the self-help genre, but should come with a caveat: you will only get out of it what you are prepared to put into it. If you follow the programme as stated, you will spend a lot of time, effort and mental energy; this book is aimed at those who are prepared to work at their programme. Having read the book but failed to put in the work, I am unable to say whether success is guaranteed!
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This book is a must read. It helped me a lot with my bipolar. I learned a lot about myself what I thought it was normal, but isn't.
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I have been on self esteem courses and cbt councilling but this book was by far the most helpfull it has started to change my life
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easy read
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Amazing book, very clear and to the point, very helpful exercises.
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Makes some good points
I purchased it for a friend and he read less than half ot it - so olny half effective
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Really helpfull book.Reading this makes more aware of your situation.
I woud recommend this to anyone with low self esteem.
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As usual plenty of reading to make you look at your thinking and planning how you're going to do something, but it would be more beneficial if it gave you practical tests to try to challenge yourself in the outside world from start to finish, more doing less thinking about it in a nutshell.
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