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
About the Author
DAVID D. BURNS, M.D. is a clinical psychiatrist whose groundbreaking Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy was rated number one in a national survey of mental health professionals as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression. The companion, The Feeling Good Handbook, was rated number two. Dr. Burns is a popular lecturer and guest on national radio and television. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Stanford University of Medicine and is certificed by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
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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.
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The only book you need to overcome anxiety and other mental health problems.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very helpful book. I highly recommend it to anyone suffering from depression.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great price for a great book. Written exercises were not filled in so were available for anyone to use. Read morePublished 5 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago by kbd
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