Cognitive therapy has gained massive acceptance among mental health professionals as well as the public. As a matter of fact, cognitive therapy has become one of the most practiced and researched forms of psychotherapy in the entire universe. There are a number of reasons that explain this growing interest. One of them stems from the fact that cognitive therapy consists of basic, down-to-earth ideas that are intuitive and appealing. Second, research studies have confirmed cognitive therapy to be critical for individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and other problems. Third, lots of self-help books have aroused a strong, popular demand for cognitive therapy not only in the United States, but also around the entire world.
"Cognition" refers to perception or thought. In other words, cognitions describe the ways you think about events or things at any particular moment. These thoughts go through your mind automatically, without much control from your end. They have a huge impact on how you generally feel. For instance, people listen to self-help books on various subjects because of their thoughts and feelings. If they feel depressed and discouraged, they may pick an inspirational book to lift their mood.
Your feelings are a sum total of the messages you give yourself. If you think of yourself as a loser or a useless person, those thoughts will compound to form a feeling which is mapped onto your behavioral pattern. Close to 2000 years ago Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, stated that people are often disturbed not by things, but rather by the views they take of them. In the Bible, the book of Proverbs 23:7 states that, "For as he thinks within himself, so he is." In Hamlet, Shakespeare expresses a similar idea in Act 2, Scene 2: "For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
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this is a wonderful book/workbook for people who are chronically anxious and/or depressed. It gives "tools" for living in the moment, not the past or not the future. Besides having very beneficial ideas to help you live with anxiety/depression, the book has activities on which to work. Some of the activities are brief. Some take a week to complete. If you or a loved one has tried meds and counseling to help these conditions, and those things haven't worked, please ask them to try this book. I found it beneficial.
One of my flaws as my friends tell me is that I am too emotional and can't separate what is happening on my family, my job and to my friends. Like if I am bad mood in my family, I get that mood when I will be with my friends, and so on and so forth. I looked for a book that could help me because I am getting worried about it. The book has just a lot of helpful tips which I find useful. Thank you for this.
This book really sheds light on the different types of mood swings, and can help you differentiate between them. It also helps with why mood swings might be more common or intense in people with certain conditions. The information is laid out very well and easy to digest. I recommend this book to anyone dealing with or has someone in their life with mood swing issue
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