Manage Your Mind (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780198747277

Gillian Butler; Nick Grey; Tony Hope
592 Pages
174 x 247 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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Manage Your Mind is a book for building resilience, overcoming emotional difficulties and enabling self-development. It is for any of us who wish to understand ourselves better, to be more effective in day-to-day life, or to overcome current problems; or who want to support others in these tasks. The authors have, between them, almost 100 years of experience of helping people through difficult times. This experience, together with the results from scientific research, leads to Manage Your Mind distilling effective techniques and ideas so that readers can select those that suit their preferences and needs. The book explains and illustrates how to respond skilfully to life's challenges.


Part I: Making sense; 1 The scientific background: knowing what works; 2 Valuing and understanding yourself; 3 The value and practice of acceptance; 4 The value and practice of kindness; 5 Building self-esteem and self-confidence; Part II: Making your way; Section 1: Thinking well; 6 Taking a positive approach; 7 Finding new perspectives; 8 Using your head: thinking and deciding; Section 2: Creating a framework; 9 Developing useful habits; 10 Goals and how to use them; 11 Using time well; 12 Keeping physically well; Section 3: Being happy; 13 Increasing the chance of happiness; 14 Treating yourself right; 15 Becoming more creative; Section 4: Making your way with others; 16 Good relationships: the principles; 17 Assertiveness; 18 Negotiation skills; 19 Understanding voices from your past; Part III: Overcoming difficulties; Section 5: Preparing to tackle difficulties; 20 Recognising that you can change: facing problems; 21 Problem-solving: a strategy for change; 22 Stress: balancing life's demands; Section 6: Anxiety; 23 Getting the better of worry: defeating the alarmist; 24 Overcoming fears and avoidance: social anxiety and phobias; 25 Dealing with panic; Section 7: Low mood and anger; 26 Depression: the common cold of the mind; 27 Digging yourself out of depression; 28 Feeling angry and keeping calm; Section 8: Trauma and Loss; 29 Loss and bereavement; 30 Stepping away from the past; 31 Recent traumatic events and their aftermath; Section 9: Enduring physical difficulties; 32 Chronic ill health; 33 Breaking habits and overcoming addictions; Online Only Material; Some common defense mechanisms that impede understanding; What kind of coach do you want to be?; The mental crusher; The Zeigarnik effect; Blank Thought Records and Key Questions to go with them; Alternatives diary blank form and key questions to go with it; Aspects of personality to consider when developing new habits; Planning your goal; The Zeigarnik effect; The David Allen approach; Blank pie chart; Relaxation; Responding in a mature way to common voices of the Child; Responding in a mature way to common voices of the Parent; Worry-Outcome Diary; Relaxation; Developing confiding relationships to reduce your chance of depression; Diary of daily activities; Developing confiding relationships to reduce your chance of depression; Blank Thought Records and Key Questions to go with them; The legacy of being bullied; Ground yourself in the here and now; Habit monitoring record; Stopping smoking; Averting problems with alcohol

About the author: 

Gillian qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1976. Her work in Oxford University Department of Psychiatry helped to develop and evaluate cognitive-behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders. Later in the NHS she focused on extending these methods for helping people who suffered traumatic experiences during childhood. She has now retired from clinical practice, but continues to run training workshops and to make the products of research generally available through her writing. Her books include Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness, and Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (co-authored with Freda McManus).; Nick qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1996. His clinical work focuses on CBT for adults with PTSD and anxiety disorders. He is a member of the Wellcome Trust Anxiety Disorders Group further developing and disseminating cognitive therapy treatments. He is accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies as a practitioner, supervisor and trainer, and is a Fellow of the BABCP. He is the editor of A Casebook of Cognitive Therapy for Traumatic Stress Reactions and co-editor with Adrian Whittington of How to be a More Effective CBT Therapist.; Tony's first degree was in philosophy and physiology. He carried out research in brain science for a PhD and then became a doctor specialising in psychiatry. He combined clinical work with research and teaching and co-authored the best-selling medical textbook: The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. In mid-career he became one of the pioneers in developing teaching in ethics for medical students and founded The Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford: a centre for research and teaching in clinical ethics. He was the first Professor of Medical Ethics at Oxford. He continued to work clinically in cognitive-behaviour therapy until his retirement in 2012.

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