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Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452261740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452261747
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David D. Burns, M.D., a clinical psychiatrist, conveys his ideas with warmth, compassion, understanding, and humor unmatched by any other writer in the self-help field. His bestselling Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy has sold more than three million copies to date. In a recent national survey of mental health professionals, Feeling Good was rated number one--from a list of more than one thousand--as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression. His Feeling Good Handbook was rated number two in the same survey.

Dr. Burns's entertaining teaching style has made him a popular lecturer for general audiences and mental health professionals throughout the country as well as a frequent guest on national radio and television programs. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Through the Media Award from the Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Burns received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is certified by the National Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
I don't like self help books and I don't want to examine my navel.
But in tough times - bad days,or bad weeks - this is a practical outline and series of exercises which helps me clarify my thoughts.
It requires effort but it has helped me immediately. I do recommend it to my friends when they tell me they need to change - quit smoking, lose weight, stop being angry. If you can believe that tomorrow might be better, try this book and give yourself permission to be happier.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Dr. Burn's, let me thank you from the depths of my heart for writing such a jewel of a book. It is worth a million dollars.
Friends, this book puts in our hands a simple, powerful, fast-acting, and long-lasting formula to feel good about ourselves. The formula is that it is our thoughts that cause our emotions. Our negative emotions (sadness, anger, etc.) are most often caused by our distorted thoughts. The trick to being happy most of the time is to replace those distorted thoughts with more realistic ones. This books clearly explains what thought variables cause what emotions. It also teaches us how to replace those distorted thoughts with more realistic ones. This book encompasses his earlier best-seller "Feeling Good" and goes beyond it by applying the mood therapy to an entire range of everyday problems.
I have never before felt so good about myself. People have actually remarked that I have glow about me. Friends, you should not only buy this book for yourself but should buy an extra one for a good friend.
Your buddy from NYC
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Miriam on February 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This older (1990) edition is exactly the same as the 1999 edition but without the expanded section on the newer psychiatric drugs.

The wonderful thing about this book is that it's a workbook. Reading about how to stop being anxious or depressed is all very nice, but it's not going to help unless you put the theory and ideas into practice. In this book, Dr. Burns argues persuasively to convince you to actually practice the exercises he writes about and then walks you through them step by step.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book during a period in which I was unmotivated and feeling "stuck" in my job. Within several days my eyes were opened to some things that I could do to improve my situation. It prompted me to take some positive actions to help get back on track.
Burns is a good writer and the book provides a wealth insightful guidance. There is a lot here, so feel free to skip the chapters that don't pertain to your needs while focusing on those that do.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charles Degeneffe, MSSW, ACSW, CRC on February 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a social worker who has helped those face depression, and as a person who has faced depressive episodes as well, I found this book very helpful and applicable to the challenges faced by being human. It gives the reader hope that things can change and that other people face the same types of problems in their everyday lives. The aspect I most appreciated about the book was that David Burns communicates to the reader compassion and that we can learn how to love and value ourselves.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Clauss (lclauss@inficad.com) on March 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
I used to run a self help group for anxiety disorders and this book was what I used as our guidelines. It is totally reality based and I really appreciate that David Burns did not talk down to people or demoralize them for having problems with anxiety or depression. He made the whole process matter of fact and I still use his book all the time (it's totally dog earred) as I refer to it often when times or good or bad.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hdhisaw@mindspring.com on March 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I first discovered this book in the fall of 1997, several months after my father was murdered by his brother, who then took his own life.
My therapist recommended it highly, and for a good reason--it's great! I could see the thought
patterns behind depression, and I was then able (thanks to the helpful charts and worksheets in the book)
to keep my anxious or extremely depressed moods/thoughts from driving me to the edge.
If you're depressed or have a loved one who is, then buy this book! You'll be
glad you did--I promise you that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By afan@flinet.com on April 21, 1998
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Reading "The Feeling Good Handbook" did me more good than three years of talk therapy; I can't recommend it highly enough. Rather than simply help you dredge through your past for the origins to your problems, Dr. Burns gives you the cognitive tools to allow you to reshape your thinking patterns, and with them, your feelings and actions. If you think you'll never be able to change your depressive or destructive thoughts, read this book, do the exercises, and watch your life change for the better.
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