The Feeling Good Handbook Paperback – May 1 1999
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If you are looking for sound, workable advice on how to change your life a little or a lot, this is the book for you Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Cognitive Therapy, New York Dr Burns has done it again. He had provided us with clearly described and practical guidelines for dealing with fears, anxieties, panic attacks, procrastination, and communication problems ... invaluable M. Anthony Bates, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Dublin Ireland Carries the very useful procedures of Feeling Good into many other important areas of life. Clear, systematic, and forceful. Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Institute for Rational-Emotional Therapy and author of A New Guide to Rational Living This book makes a difference. Anyone who experiences emotional distress (that is, everyone) will find this book invaluable. Dr. Burns presents dozens of helpful exercises in his inimitable, lively, and self-revealing style. Jackie Persons, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, and Director, San Francisco Bay Area Centre for Cognitive Therapy
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Burns is one of the biggest popularizers of cognitive-behavioral therapy, one of extremely few therapeutic forms that have stood up to any scientific scrutiny. Over the last 20 years, CBT has become the predominant form of therapy practiced by psychologists. This book is intensive CBT, much more involving and direct than the form practiced in most psychologists' offices.
Burns takes a very simple approach: he does not place any weight on diagnostic categories or figuring out "why" people behave the way they do or the roots of their problems. Instead, every depressed thought is traced to irrational thought processes. Why those thought processes were developed is irrelevant; the challenge is identifying one's distortions and learning to think more rationally.
Contrary to some reviewers' opinions, I believe this book is best for people who have long-term depression in the medium range (recurrent major depression or dysthymia), with substantial experiences with psychologists. Clearly for more extreme cases - a manic depressive or a suicidal person - the first course of action should be a psychiatrist or psychologist, not a self-help book. This book requires a very high level of involvement and personal responsibility. I believe that it is patients who think of themselves as having a medical problem, seeing psychologists and taking medication for years and perhaps feeling dependent on them, who will at some crisis point become frustrated, develop the energy and motivation to work through a book like this and benefit the most from it.Read more ›
If you only purchase one self-help book I'd recommend Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. If you want to read more I'd recommend this book as a second purchase for help with applying cognitive therapy techniques to specific problems such as procrastination, anxiety problems and communication problems. If you need help with shyness or relationships I'd recommend Burns's Intimate Connections.
There are so many self-help books on the market that I tend to be wary of them, but I found this one genuinely helpful at a time when practical help was really needed. Dr Burns says it very clearly himself - you have to do the exercises to get the benefit, because this sort of approach is all about getting intimate with the thoughts in your own head. The book does give theoretical explanations, but fundamentally it's a practical tool to help you to get inside your own head and change what's going on there. Dr Burns' approach is about challenging your own negative thoughts, which some people might say you don't need a book and exercises to do. I can only say that when I was deeply depressed it was exactly what I did need - someone to take me gently but firmly by the hand and lead me through my own head in order that I could get through the paralysis and begin functioning again.
Dr Burns includes a depression rating test which enables you to monitor your own progress. I found that this had 2 applications - firstly it helped me to take my own depression seriously, and secondly it encouraged me to keep going as I could see the results of Dr Burns' approach on a daily basis.
A lot of people don't like being told what to do, especially when it comes to dealing with their own problems. This book does require that you come at it with an open mind and are willing to be guided to some extent, and are willing to be honest about what's really going on with you. The exercises are deceptively easy and for this reason I can see that some people might be dismissive of the approach.Read more ›
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A great price for a great book. Written exercises were not filled in so were available for anyone to use. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Martin LaHaise
Great Book! It has helped me in the past and is now helping to strengthen my new marriage. This book helped us to understand our own minds and by doing the exercises together, we... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There's a reason why this book has long been considered the gold standard for cognitive behavioural therapy self-help. It's straightforward, easy to read, and effective.Published 1 month ago by Michael
I have not yet given the book a chance. My psychiatrist wants me to work through it as a manual and work book but wow it is so thick. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kbd
For simple issues this may work well. There is a good compilation of medications. If you follow the instructions, it would be cheaper than a therapist.Published 3 months ago by Dave
Recommended reading by my doc. Meh I've read way better on the topic. Monster of a book.
Great sleep aid!
Awesome book, takes a lot of work but life changing information and insight. Want to buy a copy for friends and family going thru difficult times. Recommend it to anyone :)Published 6 months ago by Natasha M Unger
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