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Stormy Lives: A Journey Through Personality Disorder (Muswell Hill Press)
Stormy Lives: A Journey Through Personality Disorder (Muswell Hill Press)
by Dr Tennyson Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.45

5.0 out of 5 stars ... lives is a powerful book depicting what life is like for a person living with a personality disorder, 8 Dec. 2016
Stormy lives is a powerful book depicting what life is like for a person living with a personality disorder, family members and clinicians alike, in a non-stigmatising or alienating fashion. This book would benefit anyone living or working with personality disorder. The author manages to write about personality disorders with sensitivity, compassion and respect illustrating optimal times for therapy, the potential for great change, in terms of increasing emotional understanding and insights for all involved. The book provides a realistic and honest guide to what can be expected in terms of diagnosis and treatment, defining personality disorder and providing clinical accounts to facilitate learning and understanding.

The book provides an honest and empathic introduction and account of personality disorder, is non-pathologising, which I assume would provide some comfort and insight for anyone struggling with the interpersonal difficulties and problematic ways of living. Dr Tennyson Lee sets out clearly in laymen's terms, no psychobabble, concepts and theory concerning attachment and personality development. He introduces the possibility of change whilst emphasising the patients need for commitment & responsibility for treatment to learn new responses to manage threat situations & triggers.

As a clinician I found this helpful to understand the inner working mind, the definitions were useful, along with case examples illustrating the perplexities of the mind and interpersonal difficulties experienced by those diagnosed, living or working with someone with a personality disorder. It was helpful to think about the origins and development of personality and how personality can become disordered with possible explanations as to why. The text was of consistently compassionate in tone and non-judgmental throughout, yet firm in the theoretical expectations, providing a clear rationale and clinical aims of treatment, emphasising the importance of the patient’s willingness to change being key to possible successes in treatment.

The Little CBT Workbook
The Little CBT Workbook
by Dr. Michael Sinclair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.23

58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The little CBT workbook is exactly that!, 17 Mar. 2012
This authors of this book have successfully managed to compile and present enough information relating to CBT in terms of what CBT means and how to use CBT to improve quality of life and functioning. The book guides the reader through the basic principles highlighting how perspective influences mood and behaviour, before gradually explaining thinking styles in more depth. They have provided enough simple everyday examples, illustrations and visual diagrams to help he reader comprehend concepts raised.

The chapters follow in a structured step by step format and distinguishing the four main areas of functioning: cognition, emotion, physiological states and behaviours and the relationship between these four areas of functioning. The authors are successful in breaking the cognitions chapters down into defining thinking styles, explaining the connection between thoughts and feelings before introducing common thinking errors. The then introduce the relationship between activating events, beliefs and interpretations and consequences of events which nicely leads on to what to do to change the way we feel, we need to focus on unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

The book present behaviours in terms of `wellness' and promoting a positive message about behaviour modification, focusing on behaviour activation and activity planning, increasing pleasurable and mastery tasks, before moving on to overcoming fear and managing anxiety.

The little CBT workbook is exactly what is says, a small, compact workbook encompassing all the major principles of CBT in an easy and digestive read, avoiding the unnecessary use of psycho-babble and complicated jargon. This would be an ideal book for anyone new to CBT, for those who may have had some experience yet want to cement their knowledge, or for those who are keen to engage in guided self-help. As the information is presented clearly, you could pick this up and put it down and focus on one section at a time without feeling daunted by the mass of text and pages.

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