Ten Days to Self-Esteem

Ten Days to Self-Esteem

by David D Burns M.D.


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Do you wake up dreading the day?
Do you feel ciscouraged with what you've accomplished in life?
Do you want greater self-esteem, productivity, and joy in daily living?

If so, you will benefit from this revolutionary way of brightening your moods without drugs or lengthy therapy. All you need is your own common sense and the easy-to-follow methods revealed in this book by one of the country's foremost authorities on mood and personal relationship problems.

In Ten Days to Self-esteem, Dr. David Burns presents innovative, clear, and compassionate methods that will help you identify the causes of your mood slumps and develop a more positive outlook on life. You will learn that

You feel the way you think: Negative feelings like guilt, anger, and depression do not result from the bad things that happen to you, but from the way you think about these events. This simple but revolutionary idea can change your life!

You can change the way you feel: You will discover why you get depressed and learn how to brighten your outlook when you're in a slump.

You can enjoy greater happiness, productivity, and intimacy—without drugs or lengthy therapy.

Can a self-help book do all this? Studies show that two thirds of depressed readers of Dr. Burns's classic bestseller, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, experienced dramatic felief in just four weeks without psychotherapy or antidepressant medications. Three-year follow-up studies revealed that readers did not relapse but continued to enjoy their positive outlook. Ten Days to Self-esteem offers a powerful new tool that provides hope and healing in ten easy steps. The methods are based on common sense and are not difficult to apply. Research shows that they really work!

Feeling good feels wonderful. You owe it to yourself to feel good!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688094553
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 51,197
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

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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What do you think it will take for you to achieve your goals and make some significant changes in your life? What is the key to self-esteem and happiness?

In my clinical practice during the past twenty years, I have had the opportunity to work with many men and women from all walks of life with a wide variety of problems. I have seen people who responded to treatment quickly and others who required a long, persistent effort to recover. I have discovered that one of the most important keys to recovery, regardless of your age, sex, or race, is the willingness to help yourself.

Some people do not seem to understand or accept this simple idea. They are quite happy to complain endlessly about how bad things are as long as they don't have to do anything to solve their problems. They see themselves as victims of unfair circumstances and wait passively for someone or something to fix things for them. Sadly, that usually doesn't happen. Years later they are still feeling miserable, waiting for justice or magic to make their lives better.

Of course, this passive approach to personal growth has sometimes been reinforced by mental health professionals and the media. The stereotype of psychotherapy portrayed in popular books and movies is lying on the couch and saying whatever comes into your mind, while a kindly psychoanalyst listens and nods knowingly from time to time. After years and years, something wonderful is supposed to happen.

Although a warm and caring relationship with someone you trust can often make you feel much better, I want you to get better. That means working hard to make real changes in your life now andin the future.

I have had the pleasure of treating many people through the years who did understand this. They worked hard during sessions and between sessions to develop greater self-esteem. They did not blame the world but assumed personal responsibility for changing their lives. Their hard efforts paid off handsomely, because they recovered the most rapidly. As I mentioned in the Introduction, research studies have demonstrated that self-help does work. This is why I want to ask you right now: Are you willing to pay the price of happiness?

Copyright )1993 by David D. Burns

Ten Days to Self-Esteem. Copyright © by David Burns. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a good understanding of how your thoughts control your moods and enables you to do exercises to really think through what the author is saying and apply it to your own thoughts and feelings. This book really helped me look at myself and see how I was in control of my reactions and emotions and I have been able to see how those thoughts consequently control my moods.
sunnyKF More than 1 year ago
this book is great. its interactive, and motivating. its a lot of work, and a commitment, but there is no change without work. i needed change. i feel more rooted in who i am. i do not suffer from low self esteem normally, so the title scared me...but cover up the cover of this book with a paper bag and forget it. it more about loving yourself enough to want to feel better, think better and be better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I conduct self-esteem workshops for young girls and picked up this book while at the library. I read it and loved it. I am going to purchase the book and leader's manual for my personal library. I got alot of insight from this book that can help me in my workshops.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Any one with deppresion should get this book. it help me alot; with out it i would of been hopeless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for developing self-esteem. The exercises are easy to follow and effective. Buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My outlook on life has been changed for the better in only the first few days of reading and working through this to-the-point self help workbook. Dr. Burns asks the reader to put thoughts on paper, then examine them for reasonableness, adjusting where necessary to arrive at a more optimistic, realistic view of life events. I can't wait to see how good I will feel by the last chapter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is a good and practical book to improve self esteem.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who struggle with self-esteem issues understand that the process of developing healthy self-esteem is a daunting task. It takes determination, perseverance, and time to change one's attitude, develop new skills, and to become comfortable with a new way of thinking. Even the title of this book trivializes the subject. Such books may be helpful for people with basically healthy self-esteem who are going through a difficult time, but are discouraging for those who really struggle in this area because they know they cannot develop healthy self-esteem in 10 days--they've been trying for years.