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This review is from: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) (Paperback)
I've been in and out of therapy for over thirty years,and have read at least fifteen self help books. Basicly I was told, kill the negative self talk,say positive affirmations and one therapist said, "just snap out of it."
I constantly battled with my self. I also suffer from anxiety attacks. I've work for 20 years for a very large orginazation with a few thousand employees. Once it became obvious that I was suffering from anxiety and self esteem issues, I became the subject of the rumor mill. I really don't know how I lasted on the job so long.
But this book changed everything. I've learned to seperate myself from my thoughts and feelings, accept them, and then move on to live the life that I want. I realize now that my life will never be pain free, but in spite of that pain I can live the life I want. I don't have to battle my painful thoughts any more. They don't last as long, hurt as much, or stop me from doing my thing.
This book is not for everybody, but neither is any religion or spouse. But I can bear witness that it has changed my life for the better.
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2010 10:28:51 PM PDT
J. Strange says:
"Snap out of it"?? Could a therapist ever say anything more unhelpful or flat-out ignorant? That's what people who have no idea how to relate to a person with a mental illness say! Thanks for the reassuring review. Will be buying the book soon.
Posted on Dec 7, 2010 1:00:20 AM PST
Drifter Invisible says:
I wonder if you could clarify one point. What do you mean (I mean, what do YOU mean) by the word "accept" in your review. The English word "accept" is ambiguous. It can mean "acknowledge" and it can mean "approve", and pretty much every author uses it as if those two were the same thing. What exactly means "accepting" your thoughts and feelings?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 2:10:08 PM PST
The Scribe says:
Accepting my feelings means not fighting them or struggling with them to go away. It means when the anxiety attack comes not saying please god no, but instead it means I let it come acknowledge it and go on with my life
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2013 7:22:31 AM PDT
Stephen A. Bryant says:
I agree 100%. I am waiting for the book to arrive so I can begin working on my non-stop mind!!!
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