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About the Author
Mark Williams, DPhil, is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, having been Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at Oxford from 2003 to 2012 and at Bangor University from 1991 to 2002. He collaborated with John Teasdale and Zindel Segal in developing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to prevent relapse and recurrence in major depression; together, they coauthored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition (for mental health professionals), as well as the self-help guides The Mindful Way Workbook and (with Jon Kabat-Zinn) The Mindful Way through Depression. Dr. Williams is also coauthor of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide (for mental health professionals). He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the British Academy. Now retired, he continues to live near Oxford, to teach mindfulness to teachers-in-training across the world, and to explore, with colleagues, how mindfulness might be used in evidence-based public policy.
John Teasdale, PhD, held a Special Scientific Appointment with the United Kingdom Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He collaborated with Mark Williams and Zindel Segal in developing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to prevent relapse and recurrence in major depression; together, they coauthored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition (for mental health professionals), as well as the self-help guides The Mindful Way Workbook and (with Jon Kabat-Zinn) The Mindful Way through Depression. Since retiring, Dr. Teasdale has taught mindfulness and insight meditation internationally. He continues to explore and seek to understand the wider implications of mindfulness and meditation for enhancing our way of being.
Zindel V. Segal, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto–Scarborough. He is Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychological Science Program and is also Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Segal has conducted influential research into the psychological processes that make certain people more vulnerable than others to developing depression and experiencing recurrent episodes. He actively advocates for the relevance of mindfulness-based clinical care in psychiatry and mental health. He collaborated with John Teasdale and Mark Williams in developing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to prevent relapse and recurrence in major depression; together, they coauthored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition (for mental health professionals), as well as the self-help guides The Mindful Way Workbook and (with Jon Kabat-Zinn) The Mindful Way through Depression.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as its world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic. Dr. Kabat-Zinn is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and teacher, which has contributed to the growing movement of mindfulness into such mainstream institutions as schools, corporations, prisons, professional sports teams, government, and the legal profession, in addition to its influence in medicine and health care, psychology, and neuroscience. He teaches and conducts mindfulness retreats worldwide.
- ASIN : B007T9FZRS
- Publisher : The Guilford Press; Paperback + CD-ROM edition (February 8, 2012)
- Publication date : February 8, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 437 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,434 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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This book will not solve your problems or cure your depression. It will however give you the guidance you may need to help yourself deal with the depression you feel and keep you from spiraling downward. It will take time, commitment and some patience with yourself. You have to be willing.
Then I came across this book. I originally thought it was going to help me control my thoughts and then I came to the revelation that I don't need to do that. What I had to do was realize that they are just thoughts! The fact that I THINK something doesn't make it real. That I can be aware of myself and then choose how to respond to any given situation, I don't have to respond in autopilot. I didn't know that was possible!
I've tried several meditation techniques but never mindfulness and it has helped me. It has been one epiphany after another.
I don't mean that I'm depression free but I don't feel so much burden. My thoughts are just that and when I realize that it automatically stops my rumination. I do feel much better. I highly recommend this book. The recordings are life savers as well. I love the fact that you can download them even if you buy the kindle version.
BUT -- a big BUT -- I was astonished to read early in the book (and then again in a later chapter that begins the actual 8-week program) emphatic disclaimers that if you are currently suffering from depression, it might not be a good idea to start the program now. The authors advised that the reader wait until s/he is between depressive episodes. What?? Then they should re-title the book, "The Mindful Way BETWEEN Depressions" or "The Mindful Way to PREVENT Depression." Honestly, it's weird: the book's current title explicitly says that this is a way to get THROUGH depression, but then they caution against starting the program when you are depressed. It's confusing and discouraging to people like me. Nevertheless, they go on to say that if you are depressed when you start the program "go gently." Okay, I'll interpret that my own way and continue with the program.
Top reviews from other countries
I think that the title might put people off, but I personally believe it is a fantastic mindfulness guide that's suitable for anyone (not just people that have issues with depression). It explains the practices and why you should do them extremely well.
I think to get the most out of the book you really need to practice, practice, practice. Don't skip any exercise, read it slowly (it took me almost a year) and stick with it!
What if you aren't suffering from depression? - I feel the book covers a wide range of emotional experiences including low self esteem and can even help with anxiety issues. It looks at our tendencies as individuals to always focus upon the negative, how we end up self criticising and how, if we are prone to low mood and depression, this inner critic can take control, making us feel worse about ourselves.
It looks at how depression can impact on our sleeping habits, eating habits and can lead to persistent feelings of exhaustion and low level aches and pains. I also feel that anxiety and low self esteem can impact in similar ways affecting our desires to connect with our friends and the people close to us, affecting our feelings about going out and socialising and impacting upon our working lives.
The book comes with a simple premise - if we pay attention to the present moment, not looking back on the past or speculating about the future then the `cycle of unhappiness' can be broken. It sounds almost too good to be true - but the book teaches how it is possible to refocus attention on the here and now with simple instructions and explanations. I use the meditation CD often and it has made a big impact with people I have worked with who are suffering from anxiety, depression and low self esteem.
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD)