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The Power of Accepting Yourself: How to feel better about who you are by [Cohen, Michael]
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'Self-acceptance is one of the keys to a stable, successful life, and Michael Cohen provides nuts-and-bolts strategies to achieve it, enlivened by examples from his hypnotherapy practice and the philosophy of the great Albert Ellis. An excellent book that doesn't take long to read, but could change your life.'
Tom Butler-Bowdon, 50 Self-Help Classics, 50 Psychology Classics
--Tom Butler-Bowdon Author of the 50 Classics series

About the Author

Michael Cohen is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist and runs a busy practice based in London England. He has 25 years experience helping people with a wide range of emotional issues. He sees clients for one-to-one therapy and runs workshops on such topics as stress management, developing a positive attitude and self-hypnosis. Michael has made many radio and television appearances and is featured in the national press. His first book Identifying Understanding and Solutions to Stress (Caxton editions 2001) was very well received.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0956517773
  • Publisher: Bookline & Thinker (11 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WV3FJ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Cohen opens his excellent self-help book on the virtue of self-acceptance by emphasising the difference between "self-acceptance" and "self-esteem", which he describes as "a rating game".

Whereas the term "self-esteem" has been widely used in modern cognitive therapy, following Fennell, Michael draws upon the work of Albert Ellis, the founder of REBT, who argued some time ago that "self-esteem" tended to be conditional and therefore vulnerable, at the mercy of events. Ellis preferred the less judgemental and demanding concept of "unconditional self-acceptance" (USA).

Michael Cohen is a hypnotherapist and, likewise, one of the leading hypnosis researchers, Steven Jay Lynn, has recently co-authored a skeptical survey of misconceptions in psychology, which targets the "self-esteem movement" for detailed criticism. As Lynn et al. point out, contrary to the popular self-help emphasis: "Most research shows that low self esteem isn't strongly associated with poor mental health" (50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology). Self-acceptance appears to be a more helpful concept.

The contents include,

1. Finding happiness through self-acceptance
2. How to change unhelpful thinking
3. Have the courage to be imperfect
4. Overcoming anxiety, fear and panic
5. Heal depression
6. How to use self-hypnosis
7. How to reach your goals
8. Staying positive in a crazy world

Many self-help books are simply far too long and boring. This little book packs a lot into a short space and is pitched just right for many therapy clients or other individuals who want to tackle problems of self-acceptance. I highly recommend it!
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Michael Cohen's "The Power of Accepting Yourself" is among the most practical and beneficial self-help books I've ever studied. It is admirably unique in that the author goes to extraordinary lengths to write clearly and simply. Cohen also writes in a lighthearted and entertaining way. There is nothing boring or dry in the entire book. I actually enjoyed learning about my own psychological maladies. I don't usually enjoy self-examination, but I definitely did this time, with this book, probably because I experienced an immediate benefit from implementing Michael Cohen's suggestions. I have never met Michael Cohen, but I felt that he knew me well.

To me, when an author like Cohen strives for a crisp, clear explanation of his ideas, it is likely that those ideas are of substance and value. When an author, by contrast, goes out of his way to use deliberately-obscure language and to convolute the issues at hand, the writer is probably masking the fact that he's saying very little. Michael Cohen strives for simplicity because he has something profound to say.

The book is based on the latest findings of cognitive-behavior psychotherapy, developed by a number of individuals in the mid 20th century but most notably by Dr. Albert Ellis. Because I have read almost every book ever published by the late Dr. Ellis, I didn't honestly expect for Michael Cohen's newest volume to teach me much. It did! I was wrong. I only regret that Dr. Ellis didn't live long enough to read this book. He would have enthusiastically endorsed it, as many therapists in the United States and Great Britain are doing. I do hope there are forthcoming foreign-language editions. An audio version would also be great.

Cohen begins by addressing the concept of perfectionism.
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This is one of the best self-help books I have read. It cuts through the therapy jargon and crams alot of powerful ideas and techniques into its pages. Most importantly, it works! The book shows the reader how to accept themselves. In a nutshell this means not judging yourself as either a good person or a bad person, but instead judging what you do. So instead of condemning your whole self for making a mistake, you judge the action itself. Cohen gives many good practical examples from his therapy practice. For instance there is the sales person that says to himself, "I failed to get the sale and that makes me a failure." Cohen points out how this idea is unrealistic as the salesman has made many sales before. He shows him how to challenge this irrational idea so that the selesman ends up thinking, "I failed to get the sale this time but that doesn't make me a failure, just human. Based on my past track record I will get the sale next time."

The book covers alot more than self-acceptance. There are chapters on dealing with depression, anxiety, goal setting and even self-hypnosis. I particularly liked the chapter on the problem with perfectionism and how to deal with it.

Sometimes I wake up in the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep so I was particularly pleased to find a very helpful section on relaxation to induce sleep.

If you are looking for something that will boost your confidence I can recommend this book.
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I love this book. Over many years I have read a lot of books and articles on various self-help topics. My aim has been to become calmer and happier and to deal with my tendency towards becoming very anxious for no good purpose. I would say I am pretty knowledgeable now on many of the subjects that are written about in Michael Cohen's book. I suppose I am one of the many people out there who have found out about some good things they can do to avoid or soften the impact of unnecessary distressing emotions and thoughts. However, what I like about this book is the way that the author manages to unravel some of the complexities around helpful responses to psychological distress. It is just so clear, well written and accessible. Also, the whole way through it feels realistic, down to earth and practical. To be honest some self-help books really annoy me. They can be woolly or impossible to implement. This book draws on up to date research and the author's years of experience as a therapist helping people to deal with their real life problems.

This short very accessible book, written in a plain uncomplicated language taught me some important things. Despite having already read about nearly all of the subjects that were written about in it I felt after reading the book that I understood more about how to help myself in a practical way. The author puts things in proportion, explains apparent contradictions and just makes it all so easy to understand. I wish this had been one of the first self-help books I had ever read. It is an excellent introduction to how people can help themselves to become a least a bit, if not a lot, happier or more comfortable within themselves. I'm going to use The Power of Accepting Yourself as a handbook to keep myself on track.
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