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"Change Your Thinking is an excellent self-help book that will inspire readers to modify their faulty thinking and self-defeating behavior so they can more effectively cope with stress and pursue happiness." -- Martha Sue Davis, Ph.D., psychologist, author of psychology self-help books

"Supported by over 30 years of clinical research, Sarah Edelman has written a volume that is clear, practical, empowering, thoughtful, and forward-thinking. She distills a broad and complex literature to provide the reader with useful strategies for coping with life's problems. Many excellent volumes have been written on how cognitive-behavioral strategies can be used to overcome feelings of depression, anxiety, loss, anger, and frustration. This volume, however, does something more--it offers sensible guidelines for leading an optimistic, balanced, and worthwhile life." -- Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University

About the Author

Sarah Edelman, PhD, is a psychologist, trainer, and university lecturer. Through both her private practice and continuing education programs, she teaches people to use CBT as a self-help tool. She conducts workshops for mental health professionals, people working in government and private sector organizations, and the general public.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 Reprint edition (November 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940521
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Reviewer Dr. Beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2008
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As a clinical psychologist, I am a strong believer in the impact of thinking on emotions, and thus many of my interventions with my own clients are cognitive in nature. The premise of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is that the way we think determines the way we feel, and this book Change Your Thinking, is a self-help manual designed to address stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional concerns through the use CBT. At the heart of CBT is the ability to recognize faulty thinking. The author describes the typical thinking errors which were originally identified by Aaron Beck in his ground-breaking book Cognitive Therapy of Depression; these include polarized (black-and-white) thinking, overgeneralizing, personalizing, filtering, jumping to (negative) conclusions, mind reading, blaming, labeling, predicting catastrophe, and comparing.

After Edelman has coached the reader in becoming adept at increasing awareness of negative thinking patterns, she moves on to the process of disputing negative and irrational beliefs; she then applies the disputation techniques to various types of concerns. Throughout the book, Edelman offers exercises to help readers apply the concepts which she has presented. Although Edelman borrows from the work of various giants in the field of psychology, she presents this information in a manner that is extremely accessible to the average reader and that is also appropriate to a self-help format. Given this, I highly recommend Change Your Thinking as a means for the general reader to apply the principles of CBT to their own lives.
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Normally I don't think books like this are very helpful, but Change Your Thinking is really helping me to change my life. When I started reading it, I immediately felt like I could get back in control and actually improve what I had accepted as the status quo. The author gives a lot of simple tips that WORK, and the exercises are a big help. This is something that you need to commit to, but if you read this book and make even a tiny effort to pay attention to your thoughts you'll notice a difference.

I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with depression or anxiety (I suffer from both).
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I found this book in my local library after my psychologist recommended I look into CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). I brought it home, read the first 2-3 chapters, then went online & ordered my copy from Amazon with expedited shipping.I have since fired my psychologist (saving $120-$240 an hour). However, I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE. I was diagnosed with ADHD, depression, a few other little things, so I've been able to incorporate thought-monitoring into my consciousness & have had a lot of success with CBT in general.The explanations, examples, & thought-monitoring form are great. On the plus side, I am a stay-at-home mom, so I have the time to stop what I'm doing & do a little maintenance on myself when needed, something not everyone will be able to do. But if you get the book, take the time to read it & take the effort to apply the principles, apart from or in conjunction with a mental health provider, I believe you'll see definite results.Definitely a 5-star book.
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I found the book to be a generally good overview of CBT and its techniques. It was quite factual and scientific. But I was put off by how it immediately compels the reader to begin making lists and charts of behaviors and feelings. In general I found this sort of list-making and cataloging was over-emphasized and not very helpful to someone struggling with stress, anxiety and depression. Many of the example situations intended to help the reader understand good and bad cognitions were contrived and often ridiculous. Some of these short vignettes were not very credible and even annoying at times. For example, a father who is unhappy and often enraged because his teenagers spend too little time studying and too much time on the TV or video games is advised to "(tell them how he feels and )..let it go and accept that they have the right to do things their way." Huh?? What kind of parent is that?There were quite a few examples of some pretty outrageous behavior that the reader was advised to approach with almost detachment and a "not my problem, so I'm letting it go" kind of thinking. Maybe this will work for some of us sometimes, but by no means for all of us most of the time.

Despite advertising itself as a handbook to help oversome stress, anxiety and depression, I found it glossed over the sometimes overwhelming emotional states that propel us into (and accompany us through) these states. Mnay readers experiencing such emotional problems will find it hard to go through the exercises and make the lists required. It might have been better to ease the reader into it by first helping him or her to understand what is going on and giving reassurance that yes, you can indeed "rewire" the brain to help get over these unhelpful cognitions.
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Like a few other reviewers, I was introduced to this book via my psychologist.

I had been a long-time sufferer of depression, and was thinking VERY negatively about pretty much everything in my life. My Mum passed away, my career was in a slump, and I was seriously contemplating suicide.

So I dragged myself to a psychologist, who used CBT as the main technique to get my thinking turned around, and this book was recommended as supplemental to my treatment. At that time I certainly needed treatment - and would certainly never had got well with just a book alone - but having this book to read and follow while I was not on his couch was invaluable.

Learning to challenge one's thoughts takes a little practice, but in fact becomes second-nature quite quickly, and for me, the results were incredible. This is not really about the 'power of positive thinking', rather, it is the 'power of rational thinking'. It's about taking the good with the bad, and being able to know the difference. It's about having the tools to challenge and resolve your thinking in more healthy ways, so as not to get as upset, frustrated or depressed as you might usually. Over time, your thinking becomes much more capable of dealing with life's inevitable ups and downs, and dealing with many of the things beyond your complete control -e.g. friends, colleagues and random irritants.

The book has very little, if any filler, and Dr Edelman speaks to you directly, without any fuss or hyperbole. I feel it is particularly invaluable because you can pick it up any time you feel the need, and turn directly to the part you want to focus on. It is also very well laid-out: there are no great slabs of text, and there are real-world examples and exercises to follow on just about every page.
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