- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. He's right to identify depression and anxiety as something outside the natural self, but he's sort of missing the mark. Again, oversimplification, and insensitivity.
The book I would recommend as an alternative, both brilliant, practical, and sensitive, is "Undoing Depression" by Richard O'Connor. Thanks.
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.
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.