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I'm often put off by huge books that basically have a few good points and are then padded out with chapter upon chapter of rubbish that I don't need or want or is written in such a way that I need a dictionary to understand it.
The author (Michael Cohen) seems to be targeting people like me who want to have help from someone who really understands people in today's society. The current needs and challenges that life throws at you can sometimes result in stress and negativity that I want to rid myself of that this book is really helping me with!
I would happily and readily recommend this to family, friends and work colleagues.
The author covers a lot of ground, giving tips to cope with everything from self-critical thoughts and distorted thinking to anxiety, depression and assertiveness. It's all done in a sympathetic and humane style.
As the title suggests, the aim is to take negative thoughts and habits and to “rethink” them – to examine them in a new way and try to take the power out of them.
For example, it suggests ways to avoid “all or nothing thinking”, where you view a situation as either very good or bad, with no room for the middle ground. Overgeneralisation is another pitfall – you form a general conclusion based on a single incident. “Nothing ever works out for me…” etc.
Others include jumping to conclusions about what others are thinking, discounting the positive or seeing the world in terms of “should…” or “must…”.
The book suggests ways to relax and get your thoughts into perspective. These include simple breathing exercises, focusing on the present moment and allowing negative thoughts to come and go.
The advice is clear and concise, without being simplistic. This book eschews the vague language and ideas sometimes found in “new age” self-help books. It’s full of examples of problems from everyday life and gives step-by-step tips on how to overcome perceived obstacles.
The book is divided into three parts: Be Your Own Best Friend; Relax and Heal Negative Emotions and Change Your Behaviour. The first part looks at the negative things people often say to themselves and gives advice on overcoming worry and accepting yourself. The second deals with anxiety, depression, anger and jealousy.Read more ›
There are several factors that I particularly like about this book. First, it is indeed practical. Michael Cohen goes out of his way to write in a clear and entertaining way. He frequently enumerates (1,2,3,4,…) the precise steps you need to take to surmount a specific psychological block or affliction. This might be a problem with dieting or smoking or drug abuse. He even covers such issues as fear of blushing, fear of embarrassment, panic attacks, and common phobias like agoraphobia (page 49). He also reveals his own techniques for relaxation and staying at peace with yourself — techniques which do not depend on any particular religious belief or affiliation. The book is applicable to literally anyone. Cohen reiterates the phrase "Rethink it!" throughout the text of the book to encourage the reader to reevaluate bad psychological habits and to fix them. He shows you exactly how to accomplish your behavioral and emotional goals.
Yet another factor I loved about this book was Cohen’s explanations as to how and why we develop psychiatric issues to begin with. Cohen describes how today’s dysfunctional emotions may have been, at one point in human history, beneficial or even life-saving (page 22).Read more ›
I especially like the way the book covers such a wide range of human issues and gives practical advice without the waffle
I have found in some other self help books. I recommend it
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just started reading this book, excelent ways of how to deal with our feeling of negitivity and turn them into positives!! Highly recomended!!Published 14 months ago by Simon
Sometimes the most useful tips in life come in the form of a simple message. This easy to read book delivers a simple message in a clear and easy to read way. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lloyd G
Very nicely put together a book. User fridenly and easy to understand. This book can be used as a companion book to those who are doing CBT/REBT therapy with qualified and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Meir Stolear
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