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  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1St Edition edition (February 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195111257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195111255
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,110,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Self-help and personal betterment tomes are often so earnest and so zealous to help everybody have a perfect life that they are off-putting to readers who merely want some advice. Butler and Hope's low-key compendium of mental self-help is refreshingly free of such obsessiveness. Bright, readable, and insightful, it offers modest goals that are bracingly achievable by means of "skills, understanding, and strategies to suit your circumstances and inclinations." This may sound foggy or indefinite, but it is positively precise and reasonable for works in this genre. Butler and Hope present problems in broad contexts, indicated by such chapter titles as "Treating Yourself Right," "Good Eating Habits," and "Making Decisions." Then, drawing on their clinical experience, they dissect and illuminate specific complaints and offer simple advice. Consider the resulting wide-ranging adviser a fitness book for the mind, rather like a Kathy Smith workout video for the sexiest, rather than the bounciest, part of your body. Mike Tribby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Offers modest goals that are bracingly achievable....Consider the resulting wide-ranging adviser a fitness book for the mind, rather like a Kathy Smith workout video for the sexiest, rather than the bounciest, part of your body."--Booklist


"A well-written, thoughtful guide."--Library Journal



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It will simplify your life and make it better.
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This was the very first self-help book I ever read, and it is still one of the best that I know.
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The language is understandable and the advice is practical.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I just picked this up at a local book store when I was very depressed, and it was just what I needed! The chapters on depression and anxiety are full of strategies and, dare I say, remedies for the depression illness. I've read a couple other books on similar therapies such as cognitive therapy, but have to recommend this one most of all. I especially found the section on what causes depression very insightful. One of these is not living your life to match with your values. How true! Although my values are God, wife, family, home, I've lived my life single til now as a wanderer with no direction to achieve those things I value so much. Now that I understand the rut that I'm in and how I got here, I'm going to make the changes necessary to be happy again!
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91 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Dr. on May 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
It's unusual for me to read chapters of a book out of order. Had I read this book from front to back, I would have angrily tossed it out when I hit chapters 3 and 4. The authors have not had the pleasure of grasping the virtue of selfishness. Instead, they occasionally apologize and appease. In these early chapters they recommend "unconditional positive regard" stating that it's "not selfish, nor egoistic" to have this attitude towards ourselves. This chapter is a philosophical junkyard. They ask why we admire a Mother Teresa and answer that it's because she sacrifices herself for others. They ask "Would you admire her if she sacrificed herself for something worthless?" and omit the possibility that she is not admirable because she lived a life of sacrifice by choice and encourages others to do likewise. The authors also invent the contradictory concept of the "unselfish I."
So heaven help me! Why would I recommend such a book? I recommend it because it is chock full of simple good tips - e.g., good study skills, identifying and pursuing healthy goals to bring you pleasure, keeping friendships fair - with a lovely undercurrent of egoism despite occasional nosedives. For example, "Cultural attitudes, including religious ones, seem to make rewarding oneself seem bad..." (Were it my book, I would omit the "seem to") - or "Do not make a virtue out of being a martyr." The mix of good and bad ideas in this book makes me wonder if one author was philosophically healthier than the other one. This book offers valuable thinking skills. I recommend skipping chapters 1-3. This is a good book to keep in your reference library. If you are having difficulty with a particular issue in your life, read the chapter on that.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book offers practical approaches to helping a person solve his own problems. I read it through when I first purchased it (1996). Now I refer to it from time to time when I feel I need help with a particular matter. This book is easy to read, and it explains things in a professional manner for better understanding. The book offers practical techniques for solving many common and some difficult problems people experience. Teenagers can benefit reading this book because it addresses real problems which they are likely to face with real answers and stresses personal accountability for the answer to most of life's problems. I recommend it highly to everyone. It's a great book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books of the type I've ever read. For someone who is depressed or otherwise searching for some truly excellent and comprehensive guidance in simply living a fuller, happier life, this is one of the books I'd suggest. Very readable and very down-to-earth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Smith on February 6, 2010
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This book is one of the most precious books I own in my collection. I have personally studied it and benefitted tremendously. I love it so much that I bought another one for a friend. Congrats to the authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Vala on February 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have found this book to be so helpful that I bought more copies and sent them out to my daughters. I wish I had this book ten years ago. It is a realistic approach to handling and understanding many situations in life. The exercises work like magic. So rarely have I found a book that I intend to keep as a reference guide as well. It is exceptional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bronx book nerd VINE VOICE on February 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
At over 500 pages, this is a massive book to get through. Fortunately, the different sections stand alone, so the reader can pick and choose whatever area is most relevant or important to them. The authors cover a wide range of topics, from how to deal with depression and anxiety, to overcoming trauma and childhood abuse issues, to problem solving, to healthy eating and sleeping habits that support an effective mind. Each chapter includes a useful summary as well as a list of other chapters that may relate to the current topic. In this way, the reader can flip throughout different sections and reinforce or supplement other areas of knowledge. All the case study and examples provided are valuable and useful. Some chapters include lists of specific applicable techniques to help the reader gather new knowledge in one place. Because the book covers so many topics, it necessarily will fall short of a comprehensive or fair treatment of certain topics. For example, I found the section on problem solving rather pedestrian compared to other available techniques. The section on cognitive behavior therapy, as well, could only touch the tip of the iceberg on the methods available through this approach. All in all, however, these are only minor flaws in a work that should serve as a valuable reference for a great number of issues and concerns related to mental fitness.
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