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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of its kind, November 23, 2002
This review is from: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy (Mass Market Paperback)
This book explains CBT in a very simple an easy to read fashion. It was the first Burns book (he has several), and so doesn't contain all the exercises that he developed later. I own all the books and use them in my own therapy and also when dealing with clients. These techniques work. When incorporated correctly and dilligently followed, I believe anyone can benefit from these concepts. CBT is quite simple really. Your moods are created by your thoughts and how you view your world. Change the thoughts and your are on your way to managing your moods.
One important note: Burns makes it time and time again in this book and the other books he has written. YOU MUST DO THE WRITTEN EXERCISES!! Otherwise you probably won't get it. Intellectual internalization by reading is not enough. You may learn a little but probably not enough to change your behavior or your moods. CBT is the leading technique in treating depression today.
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Initial post: Jul 6, 2007 6:40:25 AM PDT
L. Smith says:
It is critically important to do the written exercises. Also keep track of your mood on paper or use a site like http://www.feelwheel.com

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2008 10:39:41 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 8:57:44 PM PST
God helps those who help themselves...

This book was written to help those of us who need help with helping ourselves.
The written exercises are definately a step that should be taken...the more you do, the more you get!

Good luck to all in their journey :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009 8:31:14 AM PST
"God, the Lord Jesus Christ is the only cure to every illness created by Satan"

What makes you think you have a monopoly on 'GOD"? Whose god? yours? or mine? Humans have always created their own gods (rather than gods creating the humans). No one really knows The Truth, it basically depends on who teaches you. Blind faith has no relevance when there are so many other opposing/contradictory views.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 13, 2013 9:44:52 AM PDT
TJ says:
I came to God as my first resource and prayed for years that he would relieve my depression and make me happy. He evidently was busy at the time or had reasons for me to stay depressed, but this book sure did the trick - probably the most important and life-changing book I ever read - and sorry, that includes the Bible.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 2:47:46 PM PDT
What is CBT?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 5:46:00 AM PDT
DW says:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
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