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This review is from: The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD) (Paperback)
With its place now on the NICE guidlines for the treatment of clinical depression, MBCT is not only evidence-based, but put together by a team of compassionate and thoughtful authors, all experts in their fields.
The underlying message is that our heroic, well-intended attempts at "figuring out" how to make ourselves feel better is paradoxically the very state of mind that keeps us trapped in sadness. Rather, the authors suggest the development of a compassionate, mindful awareness of your thoughts and feelings, a new relationship with yourself, if you will.
It is a core concept of CBT that our negative, yet often automatic interpretations of events is what causes us to feel unhappy, rather than these events themselves. Why do some people take a dose of constructive criticism at work as a devastating revelation that they're on their way out, whilst others see it as a sign of moving forwards, a golden opportunity to develop?
By learning to be more mindful of our automatic thoughts and feelings, we are able to step back from the cycle of negativity, observe it and ultimately move to break free from it.
It's not easy to lay out exactly what MBCT is and how I've benefitted from it in a short Amazon review.
I'll close with a few points:
- To make the NICE guidelines, which it has, MBCT has had to undergo rigorous review by independant experts for claims of effectiveness.
- You can get a good overview of MBCT on Youtube before buying this book, by typing in "MBCT" or "Mark Williams MBCT".
Finally, I'll add that I originally attended an MBCT course in London, whilst in the pits of depression, and I didn't have it in me to see it through. This is exactly why the authors point out at the beginning of the book that it is not recommended that those in the middle of an episode of serious depression attempt to complete the course. However, it does no harm to browse the book. I found that incredibly helpful.
I'm indebted to those reponsible for the development of MBCT, as it has given me freedom from what once dominated my life.