Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy

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Harper Collins, Oct 1, 1999 - Self-Help - 736 pages

The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

- Recognise what causes your mood swings

- Nip negative feelings in the bud

- Deal with guilt

- Handle hostility and criticism

- Overcome addiction to love and approval

- Build self-esteem

- Feel good everyday


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Start by Building SelfEsteem
How to Beat it
Learn to Talk Back When
Feeling Angry? Whats Your IO7
Ways of Defeating Guilt
Sadness Is Not Depression
The Cause of It All
Your Work Is Not Your Worth
Dare to Be Averagel
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The Complete Consumers Guide
Wotes and References Chapters 17 to 20
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Page 42 - ... some reason or other. In this way you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences. 5. JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS You make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts that convincingly support your conclusion. a. Mind reading. You arbitrarily conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you, and you don't bother to check this out. b. The Fortune Teller Error.
Page 56 - When in his exacerbation of self-criticism he describes himself as petty, egoistic, dishonest, lacking in independence, one whose sole aim has been to hide the weaknesses of his own nature, for all we know it may be that he has come very near to self-knowledge ; we can only wonder why a man must become ill before he can discover truth of this kind...
Page 56 - The patient represents his ego to us as worthless, incapable of any achievement and morally despicable; he reproaches himself, vilifies himself and expects to be cast out and punished.
Page 43 - I feel it, therefore it must be true." 8. SHOULD STATEMENTS 9. LABELING AND MISLABELING This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attach a negative label to yourself: "I'ma loser...
Page 42 - If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure. 2. Overgeneralization: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat. 3. Mental filter: You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened, like the drop of ink that discolors the entire beaker of water. 4. Disqualifying the positive: You reject positive experiences by insisting they "don't count
Page 42 - binocular trick.” 7. EMOTIONAL REASONING: You assume that your negative emotions necessarily reflect the way things really are: “I feel it, therefore it must be true.
Page 43 - Musts and oughts are also offenders. The emotional consequence is guilt. When you direct should statements toward others, you feel anger, frustration, and resentment. 9. Labeling and mislabeling: This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attach a negative label to yourself: "I'ma loser.
Page 56 - It would be equally fruitless from a scientific and a therapeutic point of view to contradict a patient who brings these accusations against this ego. He must surely be right in some way and be describing something that is as it seems to him to be true.
Page 28 - Our research reveals the unexpected: depression is not an emotional disorder at all! The sudden change in the way you feel is of no more causal relevance than a runny nose is when you have a cold. Every bad feeling you have is the result of your distorted negative thinking.
Page 42 - You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don't count” for some reason or other. In this way you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences.

About the author (1999)

David D. Burns, M.D., a clinical psychiatrist, conveys his ideas with warmth, compassion, understanding, and humor unmatched by any other writer in the self-help field. His bestselling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy has sold more than three million copies to date. In a recent national survey of mental health professionals, Feeling Good was rated number one—from a list of more than one thousand—as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression. His Feeling Good Handbook was rated number two in the same survey.

Dr. Burns's entertaining teaching style has made him a popular lecturer for general audiences and mental health professionals throughout the country as well as a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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