Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

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Oxford University Press, Mar 8, 2007 - Psychology - 544 pages
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Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market. A blend of tried-and-true psychological counseling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBTand other psychological treatments, the book straddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one's personal and professional life, the way to success is the same. By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the "mental fitness" necessary to resolve one's personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life. The first edition addressed how to develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one's time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.), how to improve one's relationships, how to beat anxiety and depression, and how to establish a good mind-body balance. For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters-on sexuality and intimate relationships; anger in relationships; recent traumatic events and their aftermath; loss and bereavement; and dealing with the past.
 

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Contents

How to Live with the Right Amount of
Controlling the Alarm System
DepressionThe Common Cold of the Mind
Digging Yourself Out of Depression
How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression
PART FIVE TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE
Loss and Bereavement
Dealing with the Past

Treating Yourself Right
A Strategy for Change
Help from Cognitive Therapy
Building SelfConfidence and SelfEsteem
Learning How to Relax
PART THREE HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR
The Importance of Relationships
Be Fair to Yourself and to Others
Recognizing Voices from the Past
Relationships as Systems
Anger in Relationships
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
PART FOUR THE TWIN ENEMIES OF GOOD MOOD
Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry or Defeating the Alarmist
Overcoming Fears and Phobias
Recent Traumatic Events and Their Aftermath
PART SIX MIND AND BODY
Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking
Averting Problems with Alcohol
Overcoming Sleep Problems
Good Eating Habits
PART SEVEN THE WORKING MIND
The Fundamentals of Effective Study
Reading Taking Notes and Using the Material
Part 1 The Palest Ink and Other External Memory Aids
Part 2 Internal Memory Aids
Making Decisions
Thinking Straight
Notes
Further Reading

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