Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life / Edition 4 available in Paperback
If you are depressed, anxious, angry, worried, confused, frustrated, upset, or ashamed, please remember that you are not alone in your struggle with painful feelings and experiences. Everybody experiences emotional distress sometimes. It’s normal. But when the pain becomes too strong and too enduring, it’s time to take that important first step toward feeling better.
Painful thoughts can arise in many ways. You may struggle with anxiety and depression, or feel that procrastination or perfectionism is holding you back. Regardless of the issue, you’ve come to this book with a desire to change your thoughts and feelings for the better. This classic self-help workbook offers powerful cognitive therapy tools for making that happen.
Now in its fourth edition, Thoughts and Feelings provides you with twenty evidence-based techniques that can be combined to create a personal treatment plan for overcoming a range of mental health concerns, including worry, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, anger, and emotional and behavioral challenges of any kind. Customize your plan to address multiple concerns at once, or troubleshoot the thoughts and feelings that bother you most. Used and recommended by the most renowned and respected therapists, this comprehensive mental health workbook offers all of best psychological tools for quickly regaining mastery over your moods and emotions. This endlessly useful guide has helped thousands of readers:
Challenge self-sabotaging patterns of thinking
Practice relaxation techniques to maintain self-control in stressful situations
Change the core beliefs that drive painful emotions
Identify and prioritize their values for a more focused, fulfilling life
Using proven effective methods based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT, and mindfulness, this book will help you take that first step toward feeling betterabout yourself, and about the world around you. Isn't it time you started really enjoying life?
About the Author
Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, and Your Life on Purpose. His books combined have sold more than three million copies. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression.
Martha Davis, PhD, was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is coauthor of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook.
Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field. He is coauthor of many self-help books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, and The Self-Esteem Companion.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Fourth Edition vii
How to Use This Book xi
1 Making Your Own Treatment Plan 1
2 Uncovering Automatic Thoughts 15
3 Changing Patterns of Limited Thinking 27
4 Changing Hot Thoughts 47
5 Relaxation 59
6 Worry Control 69
7 Coping with Panic 85
8 Coping Imagery 105
9 Mindfulness 115
10 Defusion 127
11 Getting Mobilized 137
12 Putting Values into Action 153
13 Brief Exposure 165
14 Prolonged Exposure 181
15 Testing Core Beliefs 195
16 Changing Core Beliefs with Visualization 207
17 Stress Inoculation for Anger Control 219
18 Covert Modeling 233
19 Covert Sensitization 243
20 Problem Solving 253
21 When It Doesn't Come Easy 273
References and Resources 281