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Claim Your Own Mental Fitness: Manage Your Mind to Overcome Addiction, Anxiety, Anger, Grief, Trauma & Depression and Form Positive Relationships Paperback – March 29, 2013
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From Kirkus Reviews
Scovill’s guide suggests: Change your thinking; change your life. Conventional fitness programs strengthen the body. This one targets the mind. Psychologist Scovill presents stair-step methodologies for monitoring and reversing automatic and ingrained thinking, caring for the physical workings of the brain, and improving work, family, romantic and friend relationships. Her debut work expands on cognitive behavioral therapy, which identifies and works with negative self-talk—critical things we say to ourselves that trigger emotional pain and overreacting. Negative self-talk boils down to 12 toxic beliefs—involving, for example, needing approval or worrying and avoiding confrontation—which Scovill shows how to monitor and counteract in specific issues (such as grief or anxiety) and relationships. A key concept is the inner family, a dynamic that refers to internal archetypes—the child; the parent, who influences the child; and the adult, who ideally controls both—that influence individual behavior. Though the foundation is intellectual, the author acknowledges (both in content and tone) the potent, often painful impact of emotions. Scovill elucidates each technique or area of focus with personal vignettes and client stories, which add context and interest. Empathy tempered with experience permeates her observations, suggestions and techniques. As a result, every step comes across as both appealing and accessible—including the potentially challenging, no-nonsense guidelines for managing expectations, behaviors and boundaries with acquaintances, friends, co-workers and relatives. Scovill’s guide—a standout in the self-help genre—tackles the messiness of life with candor and warmth. A valuable, realistic, compassionate guide for taking control of one’s thinking.
About the Author
Dr. Rea Anne Scovill is a psychologist who has provided therapy for over forty years to families, individual adults, adolescents and children. She's consulted with schools, adolescent group homes, business and community groups. After retiring this year to Netarts, OR with her husband, John Nordling and her dappled doxie Dixie, she plans to walk on the beach with family and friends, craft pebble mosqaics, write poetry and spread the word about mental fitness.
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Top customer reviews
I wish mental fitness had been a required subject beginning in kindergarten. Academics and physical fitness were important, of course, but I now realize that every part of my existence was colored by my mental health (or at times, lack thereof). Sadly, I wasn't taught what it meant to be mentally healthy, let alone how to become mentally fit. Being raised in a less-than-healthy family situation put me at an even greater disadvantage.
Even though I have a college degree, I had absolutely no education, training or awareness about mental health or mental un-health. Unfortunately, I remained in an unhappy relationship far too long because of my ignorance. Had I been given a book such as this one," perhaps I could have saved years of needless emotional pain.
How crazy is it that most of us have never been given information about mental health that could vastly improve our lives? How crazy is it that most of us were never taught about false beliefs, habits, and conditioning that needlessly make us miserable or cause us to stay in unhealthy relationships?
This book is good for anyone who wants to know what Mental Fitness is and how to go about achieving it.