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Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated 2nd Edition

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From the Back Cover

"Whether you're anxious or depressed, prone to panic, worry, insecurity, or compulsion, Self-Coaching isn't about understanding why your life has deteriorated, it's about what you can do—today—to love and liberate yourself!"
—Supermodel Emme and television personality Phil Aronson, coauthors of Morning Has Broken: A Couple's Journey through Depression

You can feel better—starting right now

The simple, untold truth about anxiety and depression is that they are habits of insecurity—and, like all habits, they can be broken. In this new edition of the highly successful Self-Coaching, Dr. Joseph Luciani presents his proven approach that has worked wonders for his patients as well as readers from around the world. Whether you struggle with worrisome thoughts, panic, depression, or compulsions, Self-Coaching shows you how to stop feeding these habits.

Combining training exercises for overcoming negative thought patterns with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, Self-Coaching shows you how to change your way of thinking and develop a healthy, adaptive way of living. In this updated Second Edition, you'll receive:

  • The newly revised and updated Self-Talk strategy for coaching yourself back to health
  • New powerful training tips and motivational tools
  • Updated self-quizzes, action steps, and practical solutions for accomplishing what you want in life
  • More real-life stories of people who beat anxiety and depression

About the Author

JOSEPH J. LUCIANI, Ph.D., is the author of the internationally bestselling Self-Coaching series. As a frequent lecturer, TV and radio guest, and author, he has brought his message of hope to millions over the years. Dr. Luciani, a clinical psychologist, has been in general private practice since 1977.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471768286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471768289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Clark on January 15, 2009
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This is the first Amazon review I have been inspired to write. While some of the exercises in this book are helpful, and the author's general idea is fairly accurate and well-intended, the lump sum of this book, I do not feel, is something that will resonate particularly well for an actually depressed person.

The idea the depression is "self-generated" is a loaded statement from the beginning, since depressives are so inclined to blame themselves from the get-go. That isn't to say that negative thinking patterns don't perpetuate depression, because they do. But I very strongly feel this book grossly oversimplifies, and completely glosses over the nuances and sensitivities of the actual REAL LIFE people who might be reading this book.

An obvious road-block is that depressed people are probably too tired to get up and "coach" themselves -- AKA, get up and yell at themselves to "get motivated", as the author suggests. The last thing people with depression should here is "just get it together" or "just get up and do it." Yes, getting better takes work, but I don't think this book is the greatest place to start.

Another alarm bell is the fact that the book is praised on the back cover by Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a crazy right-wing "therapist" with a terrible and generally insensitive talk-show.

Also, at some point in this book all the labels he makes up for specific personality types get so irritating and over-the-top, I felt like I couldn't keep track of what he was even talking about. Also, indentifying the depressive or anxiety-ridden character as the "insecure child" I feel also pushes in the direction of self-blame -- as if it is somehow our own fault for not growing out of our insecurities.
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It's been about 3-4 years since I read this book. I was in a dark period after a family tragedy. I'm a very well adjusted and happy adult and this book is a big part of it.

Revolutionary? No. It's just a simple way to re-engineer self-image. What Dr. Joe advocates is 1. disrupt the negative self-talk (all depression patients know about the neg. self talk). 2. replace the negative "ST" with positive "ST." 3. practice this habit over and over until it becomes routine (perhaps the most challenging part). 4. After doing this exercise for about 6-12 months, suddenly you discover that this activity becomes habit, and you then pleasantly discover that your self image is constantly positive and you feel much-much better.

Then, you start to apply this technique to other parts of your life, and, if you're like me, you realize that all that stuff the dali lama preaches is real: you really do have control over your life!

This book requires steady work-hard work which, if practiced, becomes easy with time. Hang in there folks! Stick to the plan and you will find your way out of the dark hole!

Who else do I recommend? Check out Tal Ben-Shahar's books. He's another positive psychologist. Good stuff.
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I read this book trying to understand some of the reasons I have so much fear in certain situations and, hopefully to overcome it. Did it work? Well, yes and no.

I read something profound in this book that told me I was the producer of anxiety. That it wasn't an illness that came and attacked me as a virus does, but that I generate it with my thoughts, which in turns produces imbalanced chemistry within my system. This clicked with me on so many levels and just knowing that helped me. It gave me encouragement.

There were some other really great insights in this book also. It's very well written and gives the reader a lot of hope that better days will come if you try hard enough. And I believe Dr. Luciani when he says it.

However, I am uncertain that there is a true "heart" to this book. If I had to summarize the main point of this book it would be this: You have the power to talk yourself and motivate yourself out of anxiety with the right thought patterns. Is the advice deep enough for a real meaningful change? I think it has the potential to be. Automatic negative thoughts are a huge problem for those of insecurity an low self-confidence, so the advice really is effective here.

Is this book helpful to those who are struggling with anxiety and depression? I would say emphatically "yes" and you should really read it. There is only good to be gotten from it. Will it be the ultimate solution to abolishing your severe anxiety/depression? I doubt it. But it could a great stepping stone to doing so.

I would give this book three and a half stars if I could - but since it only lets me use whole stars, I will tip the scale over to four. My summation of the book is this: It really is a worthwhile read with some effective advice.
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An excellent source for dismantling anxiety and depression. Makes you

feel you're not crazy and not alone....with trust and perseverence there's

help and hope!
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To put it shortly, I love this book.
This book has helped me so much in dealing with my anxiety and depression.

I am a long term sufferer of anxiety and depression, I have been to many doctors and they help some what. I always felt like something was missing from my "treatment". I didn't want to go to a therapist and talk about my problems. For a lot of people I know this really works but for me it felt more like paying someone to be my friend.

Before finding this book I had read about 3 other books and the were good but something was missing. All the other books dealt with facing your fears and confront them. Keep practice this method and you will over come everything. However, to someone who thinks their thoughts are irrational, this is hard to do. On top of that, you can't create all the scenarios the mind can think of, so there is nothing to confront.

This book is excellent in the fact that it teaches you to stop the worries before they start. If there is no anxiety and depression, then there is nothing to confront. It also teaches you that your mind is a muscle that must be exercised in a specific way to prevent anxiety and depression. The best news is that all of this can be done by yourself. No one has to know that you are struggling unless you want them to know. This is the method I prefer.

This is exactly what I needed to fill the void of my other attempts to conquer anxiety.
I urge everyone who is even questioning reading this book to do so, you wont regret it.

On a side note, I have given this book as a gift to two of my close friends, that is how much it has changed my life.
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