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Mind Over Mood, First Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think Paperback – Mar 15 1995

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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; R edition (March 15 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898621283
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Only rarely does a book come along that can truly change your life. Mind Over Moodis such a book....Mind Over Mood will prove to be a significant milestone in the evolution of cognitive therapy. Never before have the nuts and bolts of cognitive therapy been spelled out so explicitly in a step-by-step fashion for the lay public....This is a rare and special book that can easily be used for self-help or as an adjunct to therapy."--from the Foreword by Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania Medical School

"What are you struggling with in your life? What patterns in thinking have held you trapped over the years? How can you develop and automatize a new way of seeing things that helps get you out of ruts you have maintained over the years? Drs. Padesky and Greenberger give you practice in learning how to make sense of your moods, to identify your own irrational thinking and to base your thinking fully on facts. They even give you a means to challenge old thinking patterns that you developed as a child. I saw Dr. Padesky demonstrate these skills at a cognitive therapy conference. I walked away very impressed with her warm, sincere, knowledgeable, creative and rational approach to helping people change. I am delighted to recommend this workbook."--Ellen Kenner, PhD, clinical psychologist and host of The RATIONAL Basis of Happiness, a nationally syndicated radio talk show.

"I believe it is already reducing the number of distorted automatic thoughts that I have throughout my day. As a result I'm seeing myself become less afraid and less withdrawn. [The] Thought Records have helped to diffuse my overwhelmingly hot thoughts and have helped me feel a sense of control. Just writing it all down gives me a sense of it being 'emptied out of me' and released. It gave me concrete tools to use to trace my own thinking and arrive at more balanced thinking. It has given me a belief that my past doesn't have to control my present and my future. It's given me a sense of inner healing. All of the worksheets have been the key for me--concrete. They also add to the sense of progress when looking back over them and pointing out blaring themes." --Client

"Cognitive therapy is the wave of the future and Greenberger and Padesky are riding the crest. Mind Over Mood offers deceptively simple but powerful and sophisticated strategies for coping with depressed and anxious moods and interpersonal difficulties. This is a book for hands-on' use; it provides step-by-step descriptions of strategies that have been shown in controlled outcome studies to be effective. Mind Over Mood makes an outstanding contribution; I recommend it without reservation." --Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, California

"My cognitive appraisal of Mind Over Mood is that it is clearly written, solidly grounded in research, and truly helpful. Readers will get more than a pep talk; they will get the information, skills, and practice they need to change self-defeating thoughts into self-enhancing ones." --Carol Tavris, PhD, author of Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion

"Written by two exceptionally skilled therapists, this book can help you change your life. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional problems including depression, anxiety, panic, and anger. The careful step-by-step exercises in the book will show you how to use cognitive therapy to understand and overcome your mood problems." --David M. Clark, DPhil, Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University

"Depression left me searching desperately for ways to help myself, calm my anxiety and regain my lost self-esteem. This workbook was a constant companion during the months of recovery, as it empowered me to actively participate in the process, rather than wait passively for my next therapy session with expectations that the doctor alone would 'fix' me up. Especially useful were the activity records, which forced me to track my daily activities, rate their effect on my mood, and then analyze thoughts that contributed to my various moods. This workbook served me well as a problem solving tool. I literally didn't leave home without it." --Suzanne S. , client.

"I spent many years in and out of therapy battling depression. When my therapist recommended a workbook, Mind Over Mood, I was, at first, very skeptical but the book was clear and easy to follow. I read it cover to cover. I did the exercises. They gave me the tools I needed to climb out of my black moods. One year later I am still depression free and empowered by the knowledge that I have the tools to defeat it should it return." --K.D., client

"Prior to using the thought record, I had a lot of free-floating anxiety and panic. Since using the thought record, I have found that the act of writing out my moods and thoughts in a step by step process has given me greater understanding and acceptance. By the end of the process, my moods usually have changed to a more balanced and positive outlook." --G.D., client

"I've been in Cognitive Therapy for five months now and was introduced to Mind Over Mood after about three and one half months. I didn't really know what to expect from this manual but I knew I'd try anything to make me feel better. I can tell you honestly, after reading the first three chapters my initial thought was I wish I had it from day one....I found myself identifying with each of the people portrayed in the case studies. This made it easier to complete the exercises. My therapy sessions alone didn't always force me to put action plans to the test, but with the help of my therapist and this manual, I'm learning the skills needed to make my life better and more productive." --Q.R., client

"Mind Over Mood is an eye opener! For the first time I understood what I was going through, what caused it and what I could do about it. It was helpful for me and helped my family understand what I was going through and why I responded the way I did." --Client

"Since I have read Mind Over Mood, I find myself identifying and changing my thoughts in different aspects of my life...parenting, marriage and work related situations. I am able to identify my feelings and work out solutions before stress, anxiety or depression occur. I am able to approach conflicts in a methodical manner and get positive resolutions. Mind Over Mood is always with me. I have one copy in the car and one in the house. Mind Over Mood has taught me how to change my mood by changing my mind." --Client

"For me, a person currently working on conquering depression, panic attacks and anxiety, Mind Over Mood has, in simple language, helped me understand their meaning and cause. Through the use of Mind Over Mood I am moving toward healing these disorders." --Client

"I have found the techniques set forth in Mind Over Mood the most effective I have known in reducing and eliminating anxiety." --Client

About the Author

Dennis Greenberger, PhD, clinical psychologist, is Director of the Anxiety and Depression Center, Newport Beach, California. The Center's website,, features information on Mind Over Mood. Dr. Greenberger is Assistant Clinical Professor at the College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine. He is a Founding Fellow and member of the Board of the Directors of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Christine A. Padesky, PhD, clinical psychologist, is a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and recipient of their Aaron T. Beck award. Coauthor of six books and an internationally renowned speaker, she received the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California Psychological Association. Her Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, hosts, a website for the public.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By jmk on April 16 2003
Format: Paperback
I've used this workbook successfully as a therapist at a community mental health clinic serving poorer clients in Tucson AZ. I've used it in individual and group therapy. Frankly, I've found "Mind Over Mood" much more user-friendly than the more popular "Feeling Good Handbook" by David Burns, which contains similar cognitive therapy methods. The "thought record" chart, in particular--the heart of CBT--is more straightforward in Mind Over Mood. They've set up seven intuitive columns, from left to right. Burns's version of this chart, where each situation and emotion is listed separately at the top of the page, tends to confuse people, in my experience.
I really like the way Greenberger and Padesky put in little hint questions in small type at the bottom of the columns, to remind you what you're supposed to be doing without having to go back and read the text. And the book is full of terrific hint boxes which give you questions to ask yourself if you're having trouble understanding the exercises. I have not seen this anywhere else.
Defects? 1) This book doesn't contain the richness of material of the Burns or other CBT workbooks. The chapters on specific conditions at the end are pretty paltry. It's really just a very large book on how to do a thought record. 2) The authors limit evaluating automatic thoughts to "evidence for", "evidence against", and a "reasonable alternative". This rigid empirical model is not suited to everyone or every situation. Surprisingly, there is no discussion of or columns for "cognitive distortions" (Burns) or "disputes" (Ellis). This is a major defect, but one can work around it by expanding what is allowed in the "evidence against" columns.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Signe A. Dayhoff on June 25 2001
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Authors Greenberger and Padesky in their Prologue use the analogy of an oyster creating a pearl out of a grain of sand. In response to an irritation, the oyster encases the particle in a smooth, protective coating, thus providing itself both relief and a thing of value. So too this book will assist anyone with a mood disorder to create relief and their own emotional pearl.
This cognitive workbook helps the anxiety sufferer alleviate mood problems as well as reduce stress, solve problems, and improve self-esteem. It does this by helping the reader identify thoughts, moods, behaviors, and physiological reactions; test usefulness of those responses; and change thinking patterns which are ineffective or dysfunctional.
However, because there is less information on how cognitions, emotions, behaviors, and physiological reactions relate to anxiety or depression than might be useful for greater self-understanding, I think this good book is, in many instances, better as an adjunct to psychotherapy than as a strictly self-help vehicle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 26 2002
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In my opinion this is a truly excellent WORKBOOK. The couple of negative reviews seem to be missing the point that workbooks are, by their nature, supplements -- either supplements to therapy or to a text-rich psychology book that is not done in workbook form. OK? I think that is the key issue. I use this workbook as a supplement to working through the chapters of my favorite book on cognitive self-help psychology, which is The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie Norem. For me, it is a very helpful, insightful, and practical workbook. If you are looking for a cognitive therapy supplemental workbook, I can recommend Mind Over Mood without reservation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. on May 7 2002
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Ben is 71 years old; he aches all over. His golfing buddy just died and his wife is recovering from breast cancer. His children and grandchildren don't seem to need him anymore. Ben has given up, "I feel half dead already."
Marissa, age 36, has gone through her second divorce. Both of her hus-bands were abusive alcoholics. Her father, starting at age 6, had sexually molested her. She feels worthless. "I'm no good," "I'm a failure," I'm never going to get better," "My life is hopeless," "I may as well kill myself." She has one child, age 18.
Linda, age 29, is a competent professional. She was offered a promotion as a regional supervisor; a promotion involving frequent flying. Just the thought of flying leaves her in a cold sweat, with her heart pounding and gasping for breath. She has had several panic attacks each week. But why, Linda asks? "I support myself, I've managed to buy a small condo, I have good friends and a supportive family, I don't drink or use drugs, I've always lived a good life-why is this happening to me?"
Vic is a 49 year old recovering alcoholic with anger management problems. He feels he has to be perfect. His anger, his perfectionism and his alcoholism are destroying his relationship with his wife, Judy.
These are the four individuals whom you will meet in this workbook. Ben and Marissa suffer from depression, Linda is struggling with panic attacks, Vic is dealing with alcoholism, anger management problems and perfectionism. These individuals want to change, but they don't know how to break out of the thinking patterns that are destroying their lives. The authors of this workbook give them the means to do just that, to learn and automatize new thinking methods.
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