Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book of the Month (April): Change Your Thinking

For me, this is simply one of the best self-help books I have ever read. As further testimony, nearly every person that I have lent this book to has gone out and bought their own copy.

So, what's to like?

I like that it takes the basics of cognitive behaviour therapy and applies them in dealing with a wide range of emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger. I like that it does so in such a way that is understandable to the non-therapist but without completely dumbing down concepts either. I like that it is extremely easy to read and has inbuilt exercises (with solutions). I like that, after therapy finishes, this book continues to be a practical tool for people to revisit skills learnt during therapy. I like that later people tell me 'I'm still using that book you recommended....'

Chapters include:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Recognising Faulty Thinking
Disputing Negative Cognitions
Overcoming Frustration
Managing Anger
Coping with Anxiety
Maintaining Self-Esteem
Recovery From Depression
Taking Charge
Effective Communication
Being Happy

Unfortunately, there is no preview available on Amazon.

For those lucky enough to be living in Sydney, Sarah Edelman is running a course on Changing Your Thinking over 8 sessions from the 3rd May to 21 June 2011. See here for details.

Read this book yourself? Leave a comment and share what you think of it.

Don't forget...if you've come across any good resources yourself, drop me a line.


Anonymous said...

It's a fantastic book...and she's got another great one for teenagers --- Taking Charge. Love using it with clients.

HP said...

Hey, thanks for the other title, Psych Babbler. Haven't seen that one...will be checking it out.