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Enhance your outlook and develop new ways of thinking
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on how you react to a situation, encouraging you to create new thought patterns to combat destructive beliefs and actions. This bestselling guide to CBT helps you identify the negative modes of thinking that have been holding you back and shows you how to assess and combat them. With new content on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and on overcoming addiction, this book is your toolkit for success. Whether you want to rise above anxiety or depression, boost your self-esteem or simply improve your overall outlook, the building blocks for a happier life are right here.
Read the signs – learn to explore your emotions and spot errors in your thinking
Maintain your mind – use psychological gardening to weed out negative thoughts and watch your positivity bloom
Set the goalposts of success – train your sights on achievable tasks and look forward to the future
Don't be afraid – discover how to control your anxiety and learn to face your fears
Kick the habit – develop key skills to eradicate addictions and problem behaviour from your everyday life
Open the book and find:
Techniques to refocus and retrain your awareness
Why some 'solutions' are actually causing you problems
Ways to get rid of unhealthy guilt
How to tackle eating disorders and body dysmorphia
The benefits of loosening your grip on control
Ways to maintain and strengthen positive beliefs
Guidance on accepting your past and enjoying the present
How to lighten up and enjoy life
Identify and tackle toxic thought patterns
Banish the behaviours that are holding you back
Use CBT to overcome addiction, depression, anger, and more
Reassess your past and address the present to achieve a happier, healthier life
An updated edition of the bestselling guide on reprogramming one's negative thoughts and behaviour
Once the province of mental health professionals, CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has gained wide acceptance as the treatment of choice for anyone looking to overcome anxiety, manage anger, beat an addiction, lose weight or simply gain a new outlook on life. Written by two CBT therapists, this bestselling guide helps you apply the principles of CBT in your everyday life-allowing you to spot errors in your thinking; tackle toxic thoughts; refocus and retrain your awareness; and finally, stand up to and become free of the fear, depression, anger, and obsessions that have been plaguing you.
- Includes tips on establishing ten healthy attitudes for living as well as ten ways to lighten up
- Helps you chart a path by defining problems and setting goals
- Offers advice on taking a fresh look at your past, overcoming any obstacles to progress as well as ways to maintain your CBT gains
- Includes new and refreshed content, including chapters on how to beat an addiction and overcome body image issues
With indispensable advice on finding your way out of the debilitating maze of negative thoughts and actions, the book is brimming with invaluable suggestions that will have even a confirmed pessimist well armed for the journey forward.
Written by two CBT therapists, this bestselling guide helps readers apply the principles of CBT in their everyday lives--allowing them to spot errors in their thinking; tackle toxic thoughts; refocus and retrain awareness; and become free of fear, depression, anger, and obsessions.
About the Author
Rhena Branch and Rob Willson are CBT therapists who work in private practice in North London. They both teach and supervise the MSc CBT course at Goldsmiths, having previously worked at The Priory clinic in London. They are the co-authors of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies and Boosting Self-Esteem For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing CBT Basics.
Chapter 1: You Feel the Way You Think.
Chapter 2: Spotting Errors in Your Thinking.
Chapter 3: Tackling Toxic Thoughts.
Chapter 4: Behaving like a Scientist: Designing and Conducting Behavioural Experiments.
Chapter 5: Pay Attention! Refocusing and Retraining Your Awareness.
Part II: Charting the Course: Defining Problems and Setting Goals.
Chapter 6: Exploring Emotions.
Chapter 7: Identifying Solutions That Cause You Problems.
Chapter 8: Setting Your Sights on Goals.
Part III: Putting CBT Into Action.
Chapter 9: Standing Up to Anxiety and Facing Fear.
Chapter 10: Abolishing Addictions.
Chapter 11: Beating Body Image Blues.
Chapter 12: Deconstructing and Demolishing Depression.
Chapter 13: Overcoming Obsessions.
Chapter 14: Overcoming Low Self-esteem and Accepting Yourself.
Chapter 15: Cooling Down Your Anger.
Part IV: Looking Backwards and Moving Forwards.
Chapter 16: Taking a Fresh Look at Your Past.
Chapter 17: Moving New Beliefs from Your Head to Your Heart.
Chapter 18: Heading for a Healthier and Happier Life.
Chapter 19: Overcoming Obstacles to Progress.
Chapter 20: Psychological Gardening: Maintaining Your CBT Gains.
Chapter 21: Working with the Professionals.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Healthy Attitudes for Living.
Chapter 23: Ten Self-Esteem Boosters That Don’t Work.
Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Lighten Up.
Chapter 25: Ten Books to Add to Your Library.
Appendix A: Resources.
Appendix B: Forms.