Ten Days to Self-Esteem

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HarperCollins, Oct 29, 1993 - Self-Help - 248 pages
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Ten Days to Self-esteem The Leader's Manual

To date, Dr. David Burns's classic Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy has sold more than two and a half million copies. Many people are unaware of the real secret of this book's phenomenal success. Published studies have shown that two thirds of the depressed people who have read Dr. Burns's Feeling Good recovered on their own in just four weeks without any professional treatment at all! Even more astonishing is the fact that 77% of these readers maintained their positive outlook for at least two years after reading Feeling Good. That's why Feeling Good has become a perennial best-seller -- because this book provides hope, compassion, and actual healing for people suffering from depression.

Now Dr. Burns offers a powerful new tool with the creation of his Ten Days to Self-esteem: The Leader's Manual. This book, along with the accompanying participant's workbook (Ten Days to Self-esteem), will show you how to develop exciting short-term groups -- based on the principles in Feeling Good -- that will help people from all walks of life overcome depression and develop greater self-esteem and greater joy in daily living.

Extensive pilot testing of this program reveals that the groups are suitable for high-functioning, sophisticated people with mild mood problems as well as for less educated people and those with severe- emotional difficulties.

The groups can be conducted by mental health professionals in a variety of settings, including:

  • hospitals and clinics

  • day treatment programs

  • high schools and universities

  • corporations

  • twelve-step programs as well as other self-help organizations

  • churches and synagogues

  • correctional facilities

  • HMOs and EAPs

This is a time of great challenge for mental health professionals because of severe cutbacks in funding for psychiatric and psychological services. HMOs and other managed health care providers are asking, "Can you provide quality outpatient treatment in only a handful of sessions? Can you provide a meaningful and healing inpatient experience in a matter of days instead of weeks or months?" This book reveals an entirely new, cost-effective model for helping the majority of people quickly and compassionately.

This ten-session training program includes topics such as:

  • "The Price of Happiness" (Step 1)

  • "How to Break Out of a Bad Mood" (Step 4)

  • "Self-esteem -What Is It? How Do I Get It?" (Step 7)
  • "The Perfectionist's Script for Self-defeat" (Step 8)
  • "A Prescription for Procrastinators" (Step 9)
  • "Self-esteem and Spirituality" (Step 10)

This Leader's Manual contains clear and detailed instructions for every session in the program. Even if you do not have extensive group experience, the manual will show you how to make your very first group a resounding success. As you develop the program, you will be breaking new ground for people suffering from depression, loneliness, anxiety, and addictions who wish to enrich their lives and feel good about themselves once again!

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It'd be all too easy at first glance to mock this work based on the improbable premise of it's title and the all-too-happily grinning mug shot of its turtlenecked author, Dr. Burns, so I won't, other ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

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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