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Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life Paperback – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; New edition edition (Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572240938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572240933
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chock full of systematic strategies for the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems. Eminently readable and helpful for professionals as well as patients. Aaron T. Beck, MD, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research Psychopathology An outstanding book. I recommend it without reservation for both general readers and therapists. It stands apart from other similar books in its reliance on scientific data, not fad, hype, or mysticism. Jacqueline B. Persons, Ph.D., director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, BerkeleyAn excellent resource, reference tool, treatment manual, therapy coach, and compendium of techniques. Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP, HSPP, president of the Freeman Institute for Cognitive Therapy and director of clinical training and supervision for the Center for Brief Therapy, PC, in Fort Wayne, IN, and chair emeritus and professor of psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicineOne of the most comprehensive and empirically sound guidebooks in all of self-help literature. All of the major problems in living are covered. Cory F. Newman, Ph.D., clinical director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy and associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of PennsylvaniaFor professionals and the public, this wonderful workbook, like a wise teacher, can help make a positive difference. Thomas F. Cash, Ph.D.A jewel of a book: supportive and empathetic, short on platitudes and long on practical applications. A must-buy for all cognitive-behavioral therapists. Thomas E. Ellis, Psy.D., ABPP, professor of psychology at Marshall University in Huntington, WV" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. He has also penned two fiction novels, Us and The Wawona Hotel. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the Bay Area. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Making the effort to change your thoughts and emotions is not an easy road - but access to the right tools, techniques and resources can help. Matthew McKay, Martha Davis and Patrick Fanning offer a thorough handbook on using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to deal with such serious emotional problems as panic disorder, phobias, obsessive thinking, depression and more. This workbook is a comprehensive guide to CBT, covering what it is, how it works and how you can use it (including worksheets) to restructure your thinking. getAbstract salutes the authors for this valuable self-help manual, and recommends it to interested readers for their own use or as a reference to help a loved one who needs to regain control over runaway emotions.
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Very good book.
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173 of 175 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93fc0180) out of 5 stars First Class Book on Cognitive Behavior Therapy-- 10 Mar. 2001
By Robert Kall - Published on
Format: Paperback
A while back, I was doing extensive research before writing up a discussion on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. I went to the original texts by Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck, and they were great for theoretical info, but this book was THE BEST for simple, easy to understand discussion of how to use the principles and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapies to help control anxiety, depression, self esteem, moods and other aspects of your life. It provides short, simple explanations and well thought through exercises you can use to take great charge of your life.
It is an excellent book for therapists who want to have a quick referral resource for patients and it is a super self help book.
Like the authors say, it is not a replacement for treatment by a doctor, but it sure goes a long way for helping some basic issues. I've used the techniques listed here along with biofeedback interventions (see more about them and how to read articles I've written on my website listed in my profile)
Bottom line-- for self help in cognitive therapy, consider this the layman's bible, and an essential bibliotherapy resource for therapists..
116 of 116 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93fc01d4) out of 5 stars Useful and well done self help book 4 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Starting with the premise that our thoughts create our feelings, the authors offer lots of ways to learn to listen to what our thoughts are telling us. They explain the techniques used in cognitive therapy and give practical steps for improving your life. I've used this book myself to help me get through some bad times, and given copies to several friends. I used to buy the self help books for a big library so I've seen a lot of them; this is probably my favorite for all around usefulness.
86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x942178dc) out of 5 stars REAL Self-help! 7 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I began using this book in conjunction with a therapist and did quite well. When my therapy ended, I bought my own copy, since one can use this book alone, as well. Simple and clearly understandable, I found the book an immense help.
While for some problems the authors do NOT recommend using the book without a trained therapist, for many with more easily treated problems it is a wonderful program of self-help.
I used the book for cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and it was most effective.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94be87d4) out of 5 stars Read this book. It will help. 26 Feb. 2008
By R. Wetzel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by an LCS when I sought help for depression several years ago. I was also perscribed Prozac which I took for several months. The combination worked for me and the book in particular was a great tool for me long term. CBT worked for me and this book was key.

I appreciated that this book was about DOING something about your emotions vs. thinking about and reflecting on WHY you're depressed, anxious, etc. I, like many people, know exactly why I don't naturally have the best mental outlook- thinking and reflecting on the why (ruminating on a past I was powerless to change, worrying that more horrible things might happen) was part of the reason I would get so very depressed. Especially useful for me were the techniques detailed in the book to end negative loops of thought. It took time to master, but I now use the lessons I learned in this book reflexively, without effort. It has made a huge difference in my life: I deal better with negative emotions, I note the change in my moods without being trapped by them nearly as often and I am generally happier, more forward thinking and positive.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. If it doesn't help you, it couldn't possibly hurt. Not all of it will apply to you (for instance, almost none of the anger related stuff applied to me). Changing how you think is possible and can dramatically improve your life. Try it.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93fc05dc) out of 5 stars Good book, but not for Kindle 17 Oct. 2010
By SLB - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have dealt well reviewing the book, so I will comment only on it's format for Kindle. It's not acceptable. There is no Table of Contents. There are no links. None. There are several charts which don't work at all. And the style of the book, with no separations or inconsistent separations between paragraphs, is very unpleasant and crowded.

If you are willing to work around those problems, the material in the book may be helpful. I am considering returning this because I believe it is unwise to give economic incentive to producers of poorly adapted e-books, especially considering the limitations of e-books.
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