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Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated Edition

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"Whether you're anxious or depressed, prone to panic, worry, insecurity, or compulsion, Self-Coaching isn't about understanding why your life has deteriorated, it's about what you can do—today—to love and liberate yourself!"
—Supermodel Emme and television personality Phil Aronson, coauthors of Morning Has Broken: A Couple's Journey through Depression

You can feel better—starting right now

The simple, untold truth about anxiety and depression is that they are habits of insecurity—and, like all habits, they can be broken. In this new edition of the highly successful Self-Coaching, Dr. Joseph Luciani presents his proven approach that has worked wonders for his patients as well as readers from around the world. Whether you struggle with worrisome thoughts, panic, depression, or compulsions, Self-Coaching shows you how to stop feeding these habits.

Combining training exercises for overcoming negative thought patterns with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, Self-Coaching shows you how to change your way of thinking and develop a healthy, adaptive way of living. In this updated Second Edition, you'll receive:

  • The newly revised and updated Self-Talk strategy for coaching yourself back to health
  • New powerful training tips and motivational tools
  • Updated self-quizzes, action steps, and practical solutions for accomplishing what you want in life
  • More real-life stories of people who beat anxiety and depression

About the Author

JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, Ph.D., is the author of the internationally bestselling Self-Coaching series. As a frequent lecturer, TV and radio guest, and author, he has brought his message of hope to millions over the years. Dr. Luciani, a clinical psychologist, has been in general private practice since 1977.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471768286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471768289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Joe offers FREE Self-Coaching advice on his website and daily blog: www.selfcoaching.net / Twitter @SelfCoaching101 / facebook www.facebook.com/selfcoaching

He's training to run his fourth New York City Marathon, he hunts dinosaur bones in Wyoming, and he practices yoga and meditation. Dr. Joe Luciani lives the life he wants...but it wasn't always this way.

Years of struggle with anxiety and self-doubt led to a career in psychology with the hope of finding relief. And that relief came with the discovery that anxiety and depression, if treated as habits rather than as mental illnesses, can be dealt with simply and directly without endlessly having to dissect the "whys" of the past. As with someone trying to quit smoking, you don't have to know why you took that first cigarette--you simply have to chip away at the here-and-now habits of today.

If you too want to connect with the joys of life, then you need to know what you're doing that feeds your problems and what you can do to starve them instead. Self-Coaching--it's as simple as that.

Dr. Joe has been a practicing clinical psychologist for more than thirty-five years. He's the internationally best-selling author of the Self-Coaching series of books, published in nine languages. He's written articles and been featured in numerous national magazines and newspapers, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, USA Today, Fitness, Health, Shape, and Body and Soul. He appears frequently on national TV, radio, and the Internet.


Dr. Joe's books are available in bookstores and on Amazon, in print, audio, Kindle, and as e-books:

* Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression (completely revised and updated second edition)

* The Power of Self-Coaching: The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want

* Reconnecting: A Self-Coaching Solution to Revive Your Love Life

* Self-Coaching: How to Heal Anxiety and Depression

* Healing Your Habits: A Successful Technique for Overcoming Addictive Problems

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121 of 136 people found the following review helpful By L. Clark on January 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the first Amazon review I have been inspired to write. While some of the exercises in this book are helpful, and the author's general idea is fairly accurate and well-intended, the lump sum of this book, I do not feel, is something that will resonate particularly well for an actually depressed person.

The idea the depression is "self-generated" is a loaded statement from the beginning, since depressives are so inclined to blame themselves from the get-go. That isn't to say that negative thinking patterns don't perpetuate depression, because they do. But I very strongly feel this book grossly oversimplifies, and completely glosses over the nuances and sensitivities of the actual REAL LIFE people who might be reading this book.

An obvious road-block is that depressed people are probably too tired to get up and "coach" themselves -- AKA, get up and yell at themselves to "get motivated", as the author suggests. The last thing people with depression should here is "just get it together" or "just get up and do it." Yes, getting better takes work, but I don't think this book is the greatest place to start.

Another alarm bell is the fact that the book is praised on the back cover by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a crazy right-wing "therapist" with a terrible and generally insensitive talk-show.

Also, at some point in this book all the labels he makes up for specific personality types get so irritating and over-the-top, I felt like I couldn't keep track of what he was even talking about. Also, indentifying the depressive or anxiety-ridden character as the "insecure child" I feel also pushes in the direction of self-blame -- as if it is somehow our own fault for not growing out of our insecurities.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Todd H. Rogers on June 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's been about 3-4 years since I read this book. I was in a dark period after a family tragedy. I'm a very well adjusted and happy adult and this book is a big part of it.

Revolutionary? No. It's just a simple way to re-engineer self-image. What Dr. Joe advocates is 1. disrupt the negative self-talk (all depression patients know about the neg. self talk). 2. replace the negative "ST" with positive "ST." 3. practice this habit over and over until it becomes routine (perhaps the most challenging part). 4. After doing this exercise for about 6-12 months, suddenly you discover that this activity becomes habit, and you then pleasantly discover that your self image is constantly positive and you feel much-much better.

Then, you start to apply this technique to other parts of your life, and, if you're like me, you realize that all that stuff the dali lama preaches is real: you really do have control over your life!

This book requires steady work-hard work which, if practiced, becomes easy with time. Hang in there folks! Stick to the plan and you will find your way out of the dark hole!

Who else do I recommend? Check out Tal Ben-Shahar's books. He's another positive psychologist. Good stuff.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Buren on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read this book trying to understand some of the reasons I have so much fear in certain situations and, hopefully to overcome it. Did it work? Well, yes and no.

I read something profound in this book that told me I was the producer of anxiety. That it wasn't an illness that came and attacked me as a virus does, but that I generate it with my thoughts, which in turns produces imbalanced chemistry within my system. This clicked with me on so many levels and just knowing that helped me. It gave me encouragement.

There were some other really great insights in this book also. It's very well written and gives the reader a lot of hope that better days will come if you try hard enough. And I believe Dr. Luciani when he says it.

However, I am uncertain that there is a true "heart" to this book. If I had to summarize the main point of this book it would be this: You have the power to talk yourself and motivate yourself out of anxiety with the right thought patterns. Is the advice deep enough for a real meaningful change? I think it has the potential to be. Automatic negative thoughts are a huge problem for those of insecurity an low self-confidence, so the advice really is effective here.

Is this book helpful to those who are struggling with anxiety and depression? I would say emphatically "yes" and you should really read it. There is only good to be gotten from it. Will it be the ultimate solution to abolishing your severe anxiety/depression? I doubt it. But it could a great stepping stone to doing so.

I would give this book three and a half stars if I could - but since it only lets me use whole stars, I will tip the scale over to four. My summation of the book is this: It really is a worthwhile read with some effective advice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin NY on November 30, 2006
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This book will change your life. I can't describe in words what this book means to me. After suffering from anxiety and depression for almost 5 years now, reading this book has made me feel like a new person. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to beat their anxiety and depression too.
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