All of us experience complicated thoughts and feelings as we negotiate the day, and these feelings can be difficult to manage. This book demonstrates how we tend to respond to stressful events with self-defeating thoughts and behaviours. It explains how it is within our ability to interrupt and challenge these patterns and change habitual responses. Learning to recognise when negative perceptions contribute to stressful situations and how to dispute these thoughts can lead to much greater personal contentment and a sense of control. The methods outlined in this book are based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and shows how to apply them to deal with such difficult emotions as anger, depression, anxiety and guilt.
Content includes: 1. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) -- 2. Recognising faulty thinking -- 3. Disputing negative cognitions -- 4. Overcoming frustration -- 5. Managing anger -- 6. Coping with anxiety -- 7. Maintaining self-esteem -- 8. Recovery from depression -- 9. Taking charge -- 10. Effective communication -- 11. Being happy -- 12. Mindfulness.