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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (May 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452281326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452281325
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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Hat's off to Dr. Burns for having written a very practical guide anyone can use to combat depression and build positive self esteem. For years I have been in therapy, but I have realized that positive change all comes down to me. Burns provides the simplistic, yet highly effective tools to work through one's distortions on a daily basis. As he emphasizes, merely reading the book will not help. It is reading, understanding, but most importantly, DOING the exercises on paper that will produce results. Burns writes at a gut level. I don't think there is one page that is useless or irrelevant. Most striking is the author's genuine compassion for the reader. He sincerely wants you to succeed !!! I have often found this lacking in most self-help books. Their authors seem more interested in giving the reader a one shot "pep- booster", but fail to provide exercises that will promote lasting results. I have read many self help books concerning depression and self esteem, but this particular one is the "leader of the pack" as far as I am concerned. Buy it, Read it and Do the exercises!!!!
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Dr. burns is very good and extremely knowlegable and gives day to day practical tools to incorporate cbt in your life. Clearly, one of the better and more thorough self help books I have come across. However, I still think he is a little reluctant to recognize the importance of SSRI's and anti - depressants for people who have very serious forms of depression. CBT tends to work better for mild to moderate depression, not severe depression.
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This is a crucial book to evaluate for those suffering from depression but skeptical of the effectiveness of most psychologists and self-help books.
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.
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I found this book to be very helpful as an adjunct to Burns's previous book Feeling Good. While not absolutely essential, I think most people would benefit from reading and applying the techniques from Feeling Good prior to studying The Feeling Good Handbook. Once you have the basics down from the former book, you can more easily benefit from the specific techniques in the Handbook. I especially found the chapters on procrastination to be very helpful. I was able to go from extremely depressed to normal and happy using the techniques in Feeling Good alone, but I enjoyed Burns's writing so much that I just had to pick up this book, too, as well as his other books.
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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Trying to overcome negative emotions and habits by thinking positive thoughts and applying advice given in many self-help books is like trying to solve the quadratic equation in your head. The thing that sets this book apart is that it gives you a step by step written procedure with which you discover, analyze and dispute the thoughts that make you feel bad. After doing the written exercise - the triple column technique, I found that the new rational thoughts attached themselves to the negative emotions I was trying to overcome. Later, when I re-experienced situations that could produce the same negative emotions, the new rational thoughts would bubble up to my consciousness and keep me from re-experiencing (or at least minimize) the negative emotion. This stuff is incredible!
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