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It is difficult to think of a personal problem this is not explicitly discussed in I Can If I Want To... -- Norman Cousins

This is a little book, but it packs a lot of common sense. It is a how-to-do-it manual, and must be taken seriously. -- Kansas City Star

About the Author

Arnold Lazarus is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Rutgers University. He has also taught at Yale University, Temple University Medical School, and Stanford University. His many honors include two awards from the American Psychological Association, the prestigious Cummings PSYCHE Award, The Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Professional Psycholgy, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. He has served as the president of several professional societies and has authored, co-authored, or edited sixteen books and over two hundred scientific articles.

Allen Fay is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical School of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College and was trained in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has practiced psychiatry in New York for more than thirty years. Dr.Fay is the author of Making Things Better By Making Them Worse, The Invisible Diet, Making it as a Couple and (with Arnold Lazarus), Don't Believe it for a Minute.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: FMC BOOKS (January 1, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0965981819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965981811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a gem that went out of print. It's my absolute favorite self help book. Its an easy read and impossible to not provide any reader some true insights. By any measure its great. That is when compared to most psych books its better and cheaper. When compared to therapy, at a cost of five minutes with a shrink this will give you more knowledge than five years of psych-talk. And even when compared with the cost of Zoloft its a steal. No kidding, its the only thing costing under $50.00 that ever even began to change my life. I love this book! If you can't afford it get it from the library...or get a job and buy it.
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Most of us have a life filled with myths (e.g. its important to be right, other people are happy, don't hide your anger). This book takes on some of the most common myths...and provides another way to look at them. Its written by two of the most famous living therapists... a psychologist and psychiatrist who are both masters. Its easy to read and truly life changing. There aren't many books I can say that about. The book was a best seller in an earlier edition (in the 1980s) and went out of print. I assume this new publisher bought the rights. I'm really happy its back in print. Its a classic.This has long been one of my favorite books. Do not miss it!
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This is the best book I've found to help a motivated person overcome many of the most common self-esteem and assertiveness problems. I am a mental health professional, and I recommend this book to many of my clients as an adjunct to therapy sessions. Those who will do the very small amount of required homework are soon amazed to find themselves thinking, feeling and acting in ways they had always thought were possible only for others. The homework, while essential, really is very simple and takes only a few minutes a day. Unfortunately, those who don't do the homework, don't improve.
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This little gem was recommended to me by my therapist in 1977. I bought it then and used it for years then I lost it. I bought it again recently. I am now 54 years old and it still helps me. This book outlines numerous erroneous beliefs and thoughts that most people have that end up making them depressed. The authors show us how to become aware of our thoughts and how to challenge them. The authors also teach us how to replace those thoughts with more reality-based thoughts that help support us. If someone asked me what one book has help-ed me most in life, I would say this one. It is simple to use and even has little exercises to support more realistic thinking.
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“We are not disturbed by things—external events—but by the views we take of them—our own perceptions.” So say the authors, and this is the key point of the book, and therefore the key to changing behavior. In other words, it’s not what others say or do that makes us feel happy or sad, depressed or angry, but what we think about it. Our thoughts control our emotions and therefore our happiness and success in life. This book is about gaining control of those thoughts and emotions and therefore gaining control of your life. Included are a number of step-by-step solutions to help get you out of your rut and begin mastering your thoughts. The authors call it “self-management”—the idea that you are not a victim but a master of your own destiny and make your own decisions in life. They emphasize that none of the solutions are automatic or easy, but take time and practice to bring results. “We can’t say this often enough: the major function of therapy is education,” writes the authors. “To have therapy sessions or to read self-help books without practicing and without doing homework assignments is like attending lectures at school without reading or studying. . . . Keeping a notebook, recording observations about your own thinking and behavior, and practicing new thinking and behavior are the best ways of changing.” This book not long—118 pages—and the concepts offered are practical and easy to follow. Putting them into practice is up to you.
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