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Everyone accepts the importance of physical health; isn't it just as important to aim for the mental equivalent? Philippa Perry has come to the rescue with How to Stay Sane — a maintenance manual for the mind.

Years of working as a psychotherapist showed Philippa Perry what approaches produced positive change in her clients and how best to maintain good mental health. In How to Stay Sane, she has taken these principles and applied them to self-help. Using ideas from neuroscience and sound psychological theory, she shows us how to better understand ourselves. Her idea is that if we know how our minds form and develop, we are less at the mercy of unknown unconscious processes. In this way, we can learn to be the master of our feelings and not their slave.

This is a smart, pithy, readable book that everyone with even a passing interest in their psychological health will find useful.

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"Lumping the insane into two broad groups — those who 'lurch from crisis to crisis' and those who 'have got themselves into a rut and operate from a limited set of outdated, rigid responses' — Perry (Couch Fiction) explains how to 'stay on the path between those two extremes.' Right off the bat, it's clear her intention is not to transform the clinically crazy into functioning members of society; rather, this brief book is aimed at everyday folks struggling to 'remain stable and yet flexible, coherent and yet able to embrace complexity.' Perry, a psychotherapist, explains that people who maintain sanity have changed in four areas: 'self-observation,' relationships with others, coping with stress, and telling stories. The author addresses each in as many chapters, wherein she discusses related topics as diverse as biology, learning styles, the effects of exercise, and a Wagner opera, as well as illustrative case studies. Folks seeking further guidance will find more than 30 pages of practical 'exercises,' as well as a list of suggested reading. Though Perry's approach can sometimes be difficult to follow, her inviting tone (complemented by lighthearted illustrations throughout) and friendly prose make this an accessible addition to the School of Life publications. Illus. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, United Agents (U.K.)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge." The Independent on Sunday (London)

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"Using stories from her therapy practice to illustrate her points as well as numerous exercises to conduct alone, with a loved one or within a group, Perry brings new light to a well-visited subject." Kirkus Reviews

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"Perry offers guidance that is both revelatory and achievable." Booklist

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One of The Economist's Best Books of 2012

Everyone accepts the importance of physical health; isn't it just as important to aim for the mental equivalent? Modern life places us under immense stress; it can be really hard to feel calm, content, or open to new experiences. Here, psychotherapist Philippa Perry demonstrates that it is possible to become a little less tortured and a little more fulfilled. She describes how our minds work, and then takes us through a number of exercises designed to strengthen our resilience, bolster our sense of perspective, and increase our creativity. This book is at once a brilliant explanation of our minds and a profoundly useful guide to facing up to the many challenges life throws our way.

About the Author

Philippa Perry is a psychotherapist and writer who has written pieces for The Guardian, The Observer, Time Out, and Healthy Living magazine and has a column in Psychologies Magazine. In 2010, she wrote the graphic novel Couch Fiction, in an attempt to demystify psychotherapy. She lives in London and Sussex with her husband, the artist Grayson Perry, and enjoys gardening, cooking, parties, walking, tweeting, and watching telly.

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librariphile, September 15, 2013 (view all comments by librariphile)
I whipped through this book in an afternoon about 2 weeks ago and still think about it. The writing style is fantastic and really resonated with me and I am better off for having done the exercises. I highly recommend it and look forward to checking out the other School of Life books. They really just have me at the titles.
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Nieyda, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by Nieyda)
Much more than a self-help book, How to Stay Sane is an insightful look at the workings of the human psyche, what makes it soar, and what makes it crash. I loved how the author talks about her own experiences in the book and includes exercises that can help us face life's challenges. It's a great reference for anyone who is interested in learning more about mental health and how to improve it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250030634
Author:
Perry, Philippa
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper with Flaps
Publication Date:
20121224
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 26 bandw illustrations plus 1 b
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.125 x 5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lumping the insane into two broad groups — those who 'lurch from crisis to crisis' and those who 'have got themselves into a rut and operate from a limited set of outdated, rigid responses' — Perry (Couch Fiction) explains how to 'stay on the path between those two extremes.' Right off the bat, it's clear her intention is not to transform the clinically crazy into functioning members of society; rather, this brief book is aimed at everyday folks struggling to 'remain stable and yet flexible, coherent and yet able to embrace complexity.' Perry, a psychotherapist, explains that people who maintain sanity have changed in four areas: 'self-observation,' relationships with others, coping with stress, and telling stories. The author addresses each in as many chapters, wherein she discusses related topics as diverse as biology, learning styles, the effects of exercise, and a Wagner opera, as well as illustrative case studies. Folks seeking further guidance will find more than 30 pages of practical 'exercises,' as well as a list of suggested reading. Though Perry's approach can sometimes be difficult to follow, her inviting tone (complemented by lighthearted illustrations throughout) and friendly prose make this an accessible addition to the School of Life publications. Illus. Agent: Caroline Dawnay, United Agents (U.K.)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge."
"Review" by , "Using stories from her therapy practice to illustrate her points as well as numerous exercises to conduct alone, with a loved one or within a group, Perry brings new light to a well-visited subject."
"Review" by , "Perry offers guidance that is both revelatory and achievable."
"Synopsis" by , One of The Economist's Best Books of 2012

Everyone accepts the importance of physical health; isn't it just as important to aim for the mental equivalent? Modern life places us under immense stress; it can be really hard to feel calm, content, or open to new experiences. Here, psychotherapist Philippa Perry demonstrates that it is possible to become a little less tortured and a little more fulfilled. She describes how our minds work, and then takes us through a number of exercises designed to strengthen our resilience, bolster our sense of perspective, and increase our creativity. This book is at once a brilliant explanation of our minds and a profoundly useful guide to facing up to the many challenges life throws our way.

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