AARP Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 17, 2012 - Self-Help - 273 pages
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AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance. The simple, untold truth about anxiety and depression is that they are habits of insecurity—and, like all habits, they can be broken. In this new edition of the highly successful Self-Coaching, Dr. Joseph Luciani shows you how to change your way of thinking and develop a healthy, adaptive way of living through his proven Self-Talk strategy for coaching yourself back to health.

Drawing on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques that are proven effective, this category bestseller provides simple exercises to help people overcome the negative thought patterns that lead to anxiety and depression. The fact is, these disorders can be conquered. As Self-Coaching demonstrates, anxiety and depression aren't mysterious or dark maladies; they're simply destructive habits of insecurity. Dr. Luciani shows how habits are learned and how habits can be broken. The new edition has been revised to offer more detailed guidance on using the author's unique Self-Talk strategy with more action steps, more practical solutions, and new methods for dealing with anxiety and depression.

 

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Contents

Finding the Answer
Opening Your Fist
It Doesnt Have to Be Complicated
SelfCoaching the Program
Training
I Think I Can I Thought I Could
SelfReliance
Everyone Has a Legacy of Insecurity
When Thoughts Become Ridiculous
A History Lesson
Separating Fact from Personal Fiction
Getting Hooked
How to Catch Clues
Why Do Some Symptoms Just Seem to Happen?
Throwing the Switch
Its All about Hypnosis

Thoughts Precede Feelings Anxieties and Depression
Anxiety and Depression Are Misguided Attempts to Control Life
Insecurity Is a Habit and Any Habit Can Be Broken
A Good Coach Is a Good Motivator
Misguided Helpers
Its All in the Eyes of the Beholder
Depression and Anxiety Are Choices
Ruling Out Physical Causes
How Depressed Am I?
Pinning Down Depression
Natural and Destructive Depression
Relatively Speaking Just How Depressed Am I?
The NotSoBlue Blues
Types of Depression
Blame It on the Sabertoothed Tigers
Negative Patterns
Physical and Medical Considerations
When Control Gets Out of Control
An Exhausting Way to Live
Traps to Avoid
All He Wanted Was to Feel Safe
Its All Relative
Insecurity + Control A Toxic Mix
It All Begins with Insight
Alcohol and Other Drugs
The Insecurity Cycle
Beware of Free Lunches
Do I Really Need to Change?
SelfCoaching Is the Solution
SelfTalk Basics
Reflexive Thinking and Your ChildReflex
Living in the Moment versus Time Travel
I Know I Worry Too Much But
A Tip from Super Mario
Separate Fact from Fiction Learn to Listen
Stop Reflexive Thinking
Im Feeling a Lot Smarter Now
Letting Go
Are You Ready?
A Time Traveler
Child Motives
Trend Analysis
Proactive FollowThrough
Positive Attitude + Motivation + SelfCoaching Success
Pep Talks
Slaying Inertia with Pep Talks
Its Time
The Training Log
Whats Wrong with Worrying?
Worry versus Concern
Understanding Panic
There Is a Better Way
Soapbox Derby Lessons
Letting GoLiving Reactively
Dont Tread on Me
PartTime Hedgehogs
FullTime Hedgehogs
Hedgehog Traps
Am I a Hedgehog or Am I Just Angry?
Me a Turtle?
SelfCoached Turtles
Is It Heaven or Is It Hell?
ShellShocked
SelfCoaching the Right Attitude
Shells Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Heads and Tails
The Politician
The Diplomat the Yes Person
Anything but Average
Perfectly Miserable
All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Three Expressions of Perfection
Telling the Difference betweenWantTosandHaveTos
Larrys LoveHate Relationship with His BMW
Reflexive HotButtons
Habits Were Made to Be Broken
Some Realities
Muscle Building
The Importance of Letting Go
Ready Coach?
Designing Your Training Log
FollowThrough
Daily Observations
Exercises
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