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Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated Paperback – December 1, 2006

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  • 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: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts and our interpretations of events greatly influence our moods. Therapists teach clients to listen to their negative internal dialogs and to use less depressive "self-talk." Clients may also be given "homework" in the form of relaxation exercises for anxiety or gradual acclimatization to frightening situations. The emphasis is on changing thoughts and actions, not on understanding their origins. Getting Your Life Back and Self-Coaching are both based on this approach. The latter, by clinical psychologist Luciani, advises readers to identify themselves as specific personality types (e.g., "Worrywarts," "Hedgehogs," "Perfectionists") and then gives specific instructions on how to change these thought patterns. The title by Wright and Basco, a psychiatrist/educator and a clinical psychologist/researcher, respectively, examines various psychological areas (e.g., thinking, action, biology, relationships, and spirituality) and invites readers to work on these areas in any order with valuable, morale-boosting checklists and examples. Getting Your Life Back is the better of the two because it discusses antidepressants and because the authors' instructions and exercises are much more thorough.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The prevailing therapeutic value of trying to change cognitive thought processes in order to ward off depression and anxiety is not new. However, the approach in this book puts the primary responsibility for making the change on the sufferer of either condition. For those who are uncomfortable with the thought of entering therapy or using medication, the self-coaching work here may be just the ticket to greater freedom from depression and anxiety. (There are a few useful self-tests.) As an alternative to traditional psychiatric options, the self-coaching and "self-talk" prescribed in the book may work to talk oneself out of temporary mild or moderate depression. Sufferers of major clinical depression might want to combine the approach here with therapy or medication. A viable option for the self-help section of library collections. Marlene Chamberlain
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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

Customer Reviews

This book will change your life.
Kevin NY
This book has helped me so much in dealing with my anxiety and depression.
Bilbo Black
This book is well organized and easy to read.
Julie L. Friedman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

177 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic, not just for anxiety and depression, but for issues of self-esteem, shyness, excessive introversion, anger, perfectionism, etc. I am exploring all these things in therapy and with medication, but felt that there was something more, some common thread, common cause...and the author has found it.
This book really helps you get to the root problem that all these have in common. Deep-seated insecurity and lack of trust in oneself to handle what life throws at you. Hard to admit, but it is the beginning of healing. The author shows how this insecurity (what he calls the Insecure Child), tries to maintain control of oneself and the outside world through immature coping strategies learned in, and repeated since childhood.
If you are a self-help junkie like me who has read countless books, but the result has only been "understanding" your issues better, but never overcoming them, I urge you to give these techniques a try.
At first read, they seem too simplistic, to simple, but in simple things there is power. Give it a try! What have you got to lose, except the misery you're living in?
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Ogi on November 15, 2002
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I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend, and as a 'compantion of sorts to 'Undoing Depression.' This was one of those rare self-help books that genuinely seems to be centered on that premise.
Luciani give a brilliant background to what you can get from self-helping, and explains it in a way that doesn't make you feel 1.) hopelessly inacapable of accomplishing relief from depression, 2.) explains the causes in a way that don't make you feel like a failure for developing the thought patterns in the first place, and 3.) doesn't use a lot of psychobabble, (save the exception of the inner child thing, which is just a personal irritant of mine) so you actually can see where he's tryig to get you to go.
I really liked his approach to focusing your recovery more internally and on reminding you that it's not an overnight process. Another appreciation I found was that he recongized how difficult changing these patterns can be...and so you expect those hurdles, rather than get discouraged yet again.
I found this to be an excellent book for anyone suffering mild to moderate depression. (And I recommend buying this as a companion to 'Undoing Depression,' so you really get a good sense of what you are working with) If you are severely depressed, you should probably work through more of it before tackling self-coaching.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
About five years ago I purchased a self-help book in hopes of solving some of the anxiety/phobia problems that had been restricting my life. This book not only jaded my view of self-help books in general, but also furthered my anguish. As a result of this book, I have severely doubted that self-help books could actually prove fruitful...and if you know me, you know that I am extremely stubborn when it comes to such matters. HOWEVER, following a collegue's recommendation, I glanced over Dr. Luciani's book in the local bookstore. I couldn't put it down! It spoke to me! And more importantly it taught me the most important lesson of my life: How to talk to, and really know my true self. This is a universal struggle that is seemingly a quixotic venture...but trust me, "Self Coaching" works, and works immediately! If you want to go back to living life, instead of watching it fly past you. . .first stop: "Self Coaching", Dr. Luciani. Enough said.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2002
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As someone who has suffered from chronic anxiety, depression, and OCD for the past 10 years, all I can say is that Dr. Luciani's book has changed my life. I have seen multiple psychologists, psychiatrists, and other doctors (and taken different medications), and nothing has had the profound effect of this book. I have also shared this book with friends who have similar sufferings and just reading certain passages to them has profoundly changed their lives. With a one time psychiatry session costing $175 an hour, and medication and what not over time costing thousands you deserve to spend under 20 bucks for this. To be honest I would trade in all the other support vehicles (doctors, therpists, medication) I've dealt with the past 10 years for this book. It's that profound, and entirely on the mark. I can't say enough good things about it. Don't wait to start healing. By the way I buy tons of books from Amazon and this is the first one I've done a review for -- I think it's so important to share this book.
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74 of 84 people found the following review helpful By L. Clark on January 15, 2009
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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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