Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Book Review

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

Do you want to find more about CBT? Then the book,’Feeling Good’,is the book for you.

In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.

I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets then,get started on this book’s review:

Name : Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
Author: David D. Burns
Genre: Self-help book
Language: English
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date : December 30, 2008
Book length: 736

What It Is
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy is a book written by David D. Burns , first published in 1980, that popularized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

The book has sold over four million copies in the United States, and has also been published in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Yugoslavia and many other countries.

It was named one of the top ten behavioral science books of 1980 by the journal
Behavioral Medicine , while according to The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Books (New York: Guilford Press, 1994) it is the book most frequently recommended for depressed patients by mental health professionals in the United States.

It was also rated the top self-help book for depressed individuals [ citation needed] , based on a national survey of more than 500 mental health professionals’ evaluations of 1,000 self-help books.

David D. Burns (born September 19, 1942) is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the
author of the best-selling books Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy and The Feeling Good Handbook .

Burns received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1970. He completed his residency training in psychiatry in 1974 at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , and was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1976.

Burns is the author of numerous research studies, book chapters and books. He also gives lectures and conducts many psychotherapy training workshops for mental health professionals throughout the United States and Canada each year. He has won many awards for his research and teaching, and has been named “Teacher of the Year” three times by the graduating class of psychiatric residents at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Burns was an early student of Aaron T. Beck who developed cognitive therapy during the 1960s and 1970s. Cognitive therapy was also based on the pioneering work of the late Albert Ellis , PhD who popularized the notion that our thoughts and beliefs create our moods during the 1950s.

However, the basic concept behind cognitive therapy goes all the way back to
Epictetus , the Greek philosopher.

Nearly 2,000 years ago he wrote that people are disturbed not by things, but by the views we take of them. In other words, our thoughts (or “cognitions”) create all of our feelings.

Thus when we make healthy changes in the way we think, we experience healthy changes in the way we feel.

What The Book Talks About
Lessons from the book:

Labeling yourself is not only self-defeating, it is irrational. Your self cannot be equated with any one thing you do. Your life is a complex and ever-changing flow of thoughts, emotions, and actions. To put it another way, you are more like a river than a statue. Stop trying to define yourself with negative labels.

Definitions of Cognitive Distortions 1. ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING: You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure.

2. OVERGENERALIZATION: You see a single negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.

3. MENTAL FILTER: You pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it exclusively so that your vision of all reality becomes darkened, like the drop of ink that colors the entire beaker of water.

4. DISQUALIFYING THE POSITIVE: You reject positive experiences by insisting they “don’t count” for some reason or other. In this way you can maintain a negative belief that is contradicted by your everyday experiences.

5. JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS: You make a negative interpretation even though there are no definite facts that convincingly support your conclusion. a. Mind reading. You arbitrarily conclude that someone is reacting negatively to you, and you don’t bother to check this out. b. The Fortune Teller Error. You anticipate that things will turn out badly, and you feel convinced that your prediction is an already-established fact.

6. MAGNIFICATION (CATASTROPHIZING) OR MINIMIZATION: You exaggerate the importance of things (such as your goof-up or someone else’s achievement), or you inappropriately shrink things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities or the other fellow’s imperfections). This is also called the “binocular trick.”

7. EMOTIONAL REASONING: You assume that your negative emotions necessarily reflect the way things really are: “I feel it, therefore it must be true.”

8. SHOULD STATEMENTS: You try to motivate yourself with shoulds and shouldn’ts, as if you had to be whipped and punished before you could be expected to do anything. “Musts” and “oughts” are also offenders. The emotional consequence is guilt. When you direct should statements toward others, you feel anger, frustration, and resentment.

9. LABELING AND MISLABELING: This is an extreme form of overgeneralization. Instead of describing your error, you attach a negative label to yourself: “I’m a loser.” When someone else’s behavior rubs you the wrong way, you attach a negative label to him: “He’s a goddam louse.” Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.

10. PERSONALIZATION: You see yourself as me cause of some negative external event which in fact you were not primarily responsible for.

Achievements can bring you satisfaction but not happiness.

Much everyday anger results when we confuse our own personal wants with general moral codes.

The price you pay for your addiction to praise will be an extreme vulnerability to the opinions of others.

Like any addict, you will find you must continue to feed your habit with approval in order to avoid withdrawal pangs.

The moment someone who is important to you expresses disapproval, you will crash painfully, just like the junkie who can no longer get his “stuff.”

Others will be able to use this vulnerability to manipulate you. You will have to give in to their demands more often than you want to because you fear they might reject or look down on you. You set yourself up for emotional blackmail.

ALL-OR-NOTHING THINKING: You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure.

“Perfection” is man’s ultimate illusion. It simply doesn’t exist in the universe. There is no perfection. It’s really the world’s greatest con game; it promises riches and delivers misery.

The harder you strive for perfection, the worse your disappointment will become because it’s only an abstraction, a concept that doesn’t fit reality.

Everything can be improved if you look at it closely and critically enough—every person, every idea, every work of art, every experience, everything.

So if you are a perfectionist, you are guaranteed to be a loser in whatever you do.

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

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My Thoughts
This book teaches you the skill we ALL need depressed, angry, anxious, whatever, to deal with our lives.

If you suffer with depression, this book is really good.

It deals with the here and now, and teaches you how to understand your own negative contribution to your depression, and it gives you several tools with which you can assess where you are at, how you talk to yourself, how you interpret others, and how to regain control .


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as your questions.

I hope you found this review useful to you.

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