- Series: New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (February 9, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572243090
- ISBN-13: 978-1572243095
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) Paperback – February 9, 2003
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The self-help workbook format is uniquely effective in helping people work through and recover from a number of mental health conditions, from addiction to depression. Our evidence-based workbooks are written by leading professionals, are recommended by clinicians, and are designed to be effective when used alone or in conjunction with therapy.
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New Harbinger’s pioneering self-help workbooks offer step-by-step guidance, and are highly effective in helping people work through difficult issues—from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and addiction.
Our evidence-based self-help workbooks cover a variety of topics, including:
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A Week of Observing and Describing Emotions
Use the following worksheet to practice observing and describing your emotions. Remember, avoid judgments about the right ness or wrong ness of a situation, stick to thefacts, stay in the moment that you feel your emotions. They won’t kill you, no matter how awful they feel. The following is an example of how to use the mindfulness record. Even if you only practice your mindful ness skills for ten seconds, make a record of that practice, since that will be ten seconds more than you practiced it before picking up this workbook. Be mindful to the full system of emotion, anything that indicates to you that you feel a certain emotion. Make a note about any challenges or distractions you faced during your practice. Make copies of the worksheet, as many as you need.
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When we are regularly undone by our emotions, we become victims of damaged relationships, trapped circumstances, self-sabotage, and illness. In this breakthrough new workbook, a psychologist who has had amazing results treating patients with emotional problems, helps all of us gain the upper hand on our feelings and our lives.
Many of us know the helpless predicament of losing control of our emotions. We may not be clinically "crazy" but instead "high reactors," experiencing overpowering feelings that knock us off balance, plunge us into depression, make us fly off the handle, or terrify us without warning.
We can anticipate, understand, avoid and replace these "high reactions" by applying the methods of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is an eclectic mix of cognitive-behavioral techniques, skills training, Zen, and existentialism, that has been honed for the treatment of the highest reactors among us.
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I learned many very invaluable things from this workbook about why my emotions are the way they are, and how they work, and what it means. Also the exercises themselves are practical for the most part, and helpful. I literally would feel better after completing the exercises, instantly sometimes. Other times not instantly, but that's to be expected I think from anything in life.
As far as myself, I am NOT borderline or diagnosed with any mental illness; I am one of the people who simply felt they have at times unmanageable and overly painful emotions. I really appreciated about this book that the author accepts people like me as well. Many other books I looked at for help with emotions were so geared towards people with severe disorders that I started to fear I HAD borderline disorder simply because I have strong emotions. Not so.
I see from other reviews that there are people who DO have borderline who also found this workbook very helpful, and my opinion is that that signifies good things about the effectiveness and accuracy of the workbook. Seems to be helpful for a range of people and I think that's fantastic.
Did not give it 5 stars because unfortunately all of the work I put into it didn't seem to be permanent... I.E. don't go thinking that this is a magic cure. But it's very helpful, got me through some tough times, and if I were to go through it again I would probably try to incorporate certain exercises more slowly into daily habits in my life, for hopefully a more permanent effect.