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