Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

Paperback | February 15, 2007

byGillian Butler, Tony Hope

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Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market. A blend of tried-and-true psychological counseling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBTand other psychological treatments, the bookstraddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one's personal and professional life, the way to success is the same. By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the "mentalfitness" necessary to resolve one's personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life. The first edition addressed how to develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one's time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.), how to improve one's relationships, how to beat anxiety and depression, and how to establish a goodmind-body balance. For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters-on sexuality and intimate relationships; anger in relationships; recent traumatic events and their aftermath; loss and bereavement; and dealing with the past.

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Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market. A blend of tried-and-true psychological counseling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBTand other psychological treatments, the bookstraddled two types of self-help literature, a...

Gillian Butler is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Warneford Hospital. Tony Hope is Clinical Psychiatrist and Leader of the Oxford Skills Project.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 5.51 × 7.99 × 1.69 inPublished:February 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195314533

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. What to Expect from this Guide2. The Scientific BackgroundPart One: Two Principles of Underlying Mental Fitness. 3. Valuing Yourself4. Recognizing That You Can ChangePart Two: The Seven Basic Skills. 5. Managing Yourself and Your Time6. Facing the Problem7. Treating Yourself Right8. Problem-Solving: A Strategy for Change9. Keeping Things in Perspective: Help from Cognitive Therapy10. Building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem11. Learning to RelaxPart Three: How to Improve Your Relationships. 12. The Importance of Relationships13. The First Key to Good Relationships: Being Fair to Yourself and Others14. The Second Key to Good Relationships: Recognizing Voices from the Past15. The Third Key to Good Relationships: Relationships as Systems16. Anger in Relationships (new)17. Sexuality and Intimate Relationships (new)Part Four: The Twin Enemies of Good MoodAnxiety. 18. Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry, or Defeating the Alarmist19. Overcoming Fears and Phobias20. Stress: How to Live with the Right Amount of It21. Dealing with Panic: Controlling the Alarm SystemDepression. 22. Depression-The Common Cold of the Mind23. Digging Yourself Out of Depression24. How to Become Less Vulnerable to DepressionPart Five: Traumatic Experience (all new chapters). 25. Loss and Bereavement26. Dealing with the Past27. Recent Traumatic Events and Their AfterPart Six: Mind and Body. 28. Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking29. Averting Problems with Alcohol30. Overcoming Sleep Problems31. Good Eating HabitsPart Seven: The Working Mind. 32. The Fundamentals of Effective Study33. Key Study Skills: Reading, Taking Notes, and Using the Material34. How to Improve Your Memory: Part 1. The Palest Ink and Other External Memory Aids35. How to Improve Your Memory: Part 2. Internal Memory Aids36. Making Decisions37. Thinking StraightNotes. Further Reading. Index.

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"If you're looking for clearly presented, basic information on managing a number of important areas of your life, this book could be the 'missing manual' that makes being human an easier job."--Metapsychology Online Reviews