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The Myth of Stress: Where Stress Really Comes From and How to Live a Happier and Healthier Life Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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- Geneen Roth, author of When Food Is Love and Women Food and God
"Andrew Bernstein has brought some much needed common sense to the subject of stress and that alone makes this book a winner."
-- Caroline Myss, author of Defy Gravity and Invisible Acts of Power
"Bernstein has created a wonderful, accessible how-to manual for regular people wanting to feel better. This WORKS!"
--Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., author of Potatoes Not Prozac
"Bernstein's volume is an outstanding guide to understanding the nature of stress and how to handle it. The book provides numerous insights and techniques for anyone experiencing stress -- and who doesn't?"
-- Aaron T. Beck, M.D., founder of Cognitive Therapy
"We often think we have to avoid or reduce stress. The Myth of Stress teaches you not to “manage stress” but to root out the very causes of stress, the tangled thinking that keeps you stuck in the belief the world has to change for you to be happy. Andrew Bernstein guides us through a way to untangle those thoughts and be free. Read this book and it will change your life and you will find your happiness will depend on only one thing ? YOU."
--Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best-selling author of The UltraMind Solution
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It is very similar to cognitive psychology, and I'm a huge fan of cognitive psychology of which "Feeling Good" by David Burns is my favorite book of all time. "Feeling Good" is aimed at depression, but will help loneliness, breakups, anxiety, guilt etc.
Well back to "The Myth of Stress". It can be useful for thoughts that keep you awake at night and thoughts you can't shake off. The idea is to see how things really are instead of how you wish they were, which causes the brain to stress out.
The main stressor for me personally is lack of free time, which I controlled by getting rid of my tv, deleting my computer social network accounts and often saying "no" to when friends want to get together or spend hours gabbing on the phone. I don't know if any of this could help, but I like throwing out suggestions.
This book may be helpful, and best of luck getting rid of all that extra stress in your life. You'll be glad you did.
This is a method worth exploring and worth keeping in your stress-management toolkit.
Even having studied countless methods and techniques over many years, both personally and professionally, I felt an inexplicable sense of lightness after testing the method. If you're experiencing grief, stress, or simple resistance to the facts of your life, try The Myth of Stress. It might just offer you that small, but critical shift in perspective that makes all the difference.
He presents a practical way to understand and benefit from this insight that is extremely elegant and clear. I find more than anything else I've come across, I can feel comfortable sharing Andy's book and insights with people. There is a logic and common sense to this process that once understood is so reasonable that it seems very unlikely to me to trigger the cynicism or skepticism you might expect from someone not normally attracted to this subject.
I highly recommend this book for oneself. But furthermore, I highly recommend this book for a friend who might otherwise never be open enough to consider an alternative viewpoint to negotiate their way through life difficulty.
This is a book simply, clearly, and logically enough written that I believe it can cast a very wide net on who will be able and interested to hear it. It is by no means the first book to take on this subject and to attempt to share this wisdom. But it may well be the most clear and the most accessible.
I believe Mr. Bernstein has given the public something useful and relevent in a time when the topic of stress is at its height.
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Sometimes it sounds like the opposite of what you want but actually if you accept something, whatever it is, it allows you to move on. I feel better after each worksheet.
I think the title of the book is slightly misleading as the word stress makes me think of angry people pulling their hairout. Which the book also deals with but it also helps you find your way when you feel lost and don't know where to turn.
Easy to read and you are not lectured at. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
I have already completed several worksheets on thoughts and beliefs causing me stress. So far, Mr. Bernstein's assertion that the "active insight" gained by working through this process results in instant stress relief has proven correct. Of course, I cannot say anything about how lasting this effect will be. Still, at this point I'm highly motivated to tackle even more issues of personal significance.
Two points of criticism: Mr. Bernstein's system is so simple that it could have been explained in a couple of pages; most of the book deals with applying it to very specific challenges in life not all of which will be relevant to most readers. On the one hand, reading these chapters really made me understand the finer points of the method, yet on the other hand many passages were quite repetitive. It would not have been necessary to go through all the steps in each and every case. The book could have been much shorter.
Also, Mr. Bernstein advertises his online services, which are supposed to increase the effectiveness of "ActivInsight". To me it seems that the book will serve perfectly well as a stand-alone, and luring his readers to his website (whose content for the most part cannot be viewed unless you register for $ 99 a year) makes him seem somewhat sleazy in my eyes.
Still, these are minor points which do not detract from the effectiveness of his method, and therefore I strongly recommend purchasing this book - especially if you have worked successfully with other CBT systems in the past, and are looking for a convenient "silver bullet" which simplifies this process.
I have been using self help books for years, some great, some so-so. This book ranks among the best of any of them. It is cross between David Burn's "Feeling Good" (a classic you will find on most psychologist's book shelves) and Byron Katie's "The Work" to which the author refers.
The book comes with a worksheet which you work through numerous times through the book. I have completed over 20 of these now and I am sleeping better and am more relaxed and stress free than I have been for many years. All within a couple of weeks. You will get out of this book what you willing to put in.
I am indebted to Andrew Bernstein.
Dr Clair Weeks all the way!