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Product Details

  • Series: New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243637
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marra's book penetrates the jargon of dialectics, making this fundamental DBT concept accessible to his readers. His stylistic and prosaic voice makes this an eminently readable self-help manual even as he draws upon psychological research, clinical practice, and classic literature."
− Scott E. Spradlin, MA, author of Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control

From the Publisher

An expert in dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, shows readers who struggle with both anxiety and depression how to use ideas from this powerful therapy to relieve their symptoms and regain control of their lives. Readers use mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral strategies to tolerate distress, silence negative self-talk, and resolve inner dialectical conflict.

· Statisticians report that more than 50 million Americans suffer from depression and anxiety
· This is the first book to address co-occurring depression and anxiety
· From a leading expert in dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT—the newest, breakthrough model in psychology today


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Customer Reviews

Very helpful information in this workbook and easy to comprehend.
Ashley Proffitt
When I began to read it I was overwhelmed with the 200+ pages of the book, the many exercises in the workbook, and the many suggestions.
kaylavm22
The cognitive approaches of behavioral therapy are what work for me.
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105 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Self Helper on March 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dialectical behavior therapy (a form of Cognitive Therapy), this book is based upon, is derived, in part, from a process in which seemingly contradictory facts or ideas are weighed against each other to come up with a resolution or balance. For instance, you might learn about accepting who you are, faults and all, while at the same time making changes in your thoughts and behaviors. Sounds great, doesn't it?

The first 10 pages were extremely interesting and hopeful. But then, suddenly, the book becomes cryptic and hard to follow.

I consider myself to be someone of at least average intelligence with a BA in psychology. I've read and used many of self-help books with a degree of success.

As much as I wanted to like this book, I failed to understand its foreign philosophical concepts. Even simple ideas, felt more complex than needed to be, given some esoteric definitions.

I am not sure who is at fault: the author for not explaining it, myself for failing to understand, or DBT being so complex, but after about 2/3 of this book, I finally mindfully accepted that I needed to give up.

I my opinion,there are two problems with this book.

1. The author is just unable to explain new concepts to a newbie, especially when they are so "new-age". Marra is more suited to be a researcher, rather than write a self-help book for a patient who is confused and reduced by his/her problems in the first place and has no prior background in psychology or philosophy. (It can be done, just read Mind over Mood by Greenberg and you'll see what a clear and well organized self-help book has to look like).

2. Quite possibly, DBT is not well suited to be self-taught from a book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Hearts2k on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Can a book save your life? This book saved mine. The book along with therapy.

This book was rather dry reading but the end of the book contains lots of worksheets that can make all the difference. I wish this author would do a book of JUST worksheets. It is a book that was written more for the professional therapists or people studying this type of therapy but I have used it in group therapies and it is powerful and helpful.

When I first started, I tried to read the book but didn't understand it so I ripped out the last 1/2 of the book (Pages 105 - 180)..those were the worksheets and they made all the difference. After that I was ready for pages 59 - 105.

I eventually made it from page 1 and on but it is slow reading.

I know I only gave this book a 3, but it saved my life. It is just that it took three readings before I could really understand it.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By G. Freeman on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
In purchasing T. Marra's work on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, I was believing I purchased a workbook suitable for use in session that would assist my struggling client's work through the complicated issues of low stress tolerance and other areas of dysregultaion. Alas, I was greeted with another author utilizing advanced terminology and contradicting the endorsement that this manual would "penetrate the jargon of dialectics." It is a useless manual for my clientele. Marra's work is yet another writing that requires too much effort at untangling his psycho language. The client's read the material and are lost at how to use the skills in a manner that will increase their quality of life. This is also my complaint with Marsha Linahan's works. Her material is appropriate for graduate work but not in the trenches of the clinical office. If an agency can afford her tapes, the material is then broken down but most non-profit agenices are not so fortunate. With Marra's manual, I discovered more of the same on my search to find materials helpful for breaking down the complicated techniques so they may be easily applied with the individual in session and in groups. GFL LCSW
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kaylavm22 on October 8, 2010
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When I first purchased this book I thought it looked good. When I began to read it I was overwhelmed with the 200+ pages of the book, the many exercises in the workbook, and the many suggestions. But I have been depressed and anxious for many years, so I thought I would give it a try. The book describes my condition well. The exercises are specific, thought provoking, and made me question why I do the things I do. Each chapter unfolds a new piece of the puzzle of my depression. I stopped allowing my experiences to be experienced (what he calls mindfulness), stopped doing things that used to bring me pleasure (emotion regulation), had lost meaning in my life, and was not leading my life strategically. This workbook walked me through the process. I would highly recommend this workbook to anyone who is depressed or anxious. It is not an easy process going through this workbook. It took patience and I had to pace myself. But the results have been great.
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53 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Patty E. Fleener on May 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm the webowner of Mental Health Today. The author has taken dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which was originally used for borderline personality disorder consumers and prepared it for the use of consumers who experience anxiety and depression disorders. The book is excellent! Workbook filled with wonderful exercises. It's about time DBT has been claimed to assist other disorders and has been done so well in this book. Highly recommend!
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