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Practicing psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations. By following the practical, easy-to-follow exercises and examples, you can take control of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and find more positive ways of dealing with life’s hurdles - and a happier you. Change Y Practicing psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations. By following the practical, easy-to-follow exercises and examples, you can take control of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and find more positive ways of dealing with life’s hurdles - and a happier you. Change Your Thinking will teach you how to fight negative and self-defeating beliefs to minimize your experience of upsetting emotions. Recognize “thinking errors” that cause you unnecessary distress. Learn how to dispute thinking errors with your behavior and rational thoughts. Prevent negative thoughts and emotions from occurring. Acknowledge and face the obstacles that prevent you from obtaining your goals. Achieve a more balanced and happier life. Whether you’re faced with overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, frustration, anger, depression, or anxiety, CBT can help you change your thinking and make a difference in your life - beginning today.


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Practicing psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations. By following the practical, easy-to-follow exercises and examples, you can take control of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and find more positive ways of dealing with life’s hurdles - and a happier you. Change Y Practicing psychologist Sarah Edelman clearly lays out how to use CBT to develop rational thought patterns in response to upsetting emotions and situations. By following the practical, easy-to-follow exercises and examples, you can take control of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and find more positive ways of dealing with life’s hurdles - and a happier you. Change Your Thinking will teach you how to fight negative and self-defeating beliefs to minimize your experience of upsetting emotions. Recognize “thinking errors” that cause you unnecessary distress. Learn how to dispute thinking errors with your behavior and rational thoughts. Prevent negative thoughts and emotions from occurring. Acknowledge and face the obstacles that prevent you from obtaining your goals. Achieve a more balanced and happier life. Whether you’re faced with overwhelming feelings of worthlessness, frustration, anger, depression, or anxiety, CBT can help you change your thinking and make a difference in your life - beginning today.

30 review for Change Your Thinking: Overcome Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, and Improve Your Life with CBT

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    My psychologist told me to buy this book and I dutifully went out and did so, running into him and his new baby in the process (awkward!). While Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is now quickly becoming the unpopular kid in school next to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (that new girl who just moved here three weeks ago and who has a pool and everyone now really likes even though they don't know her all that well), I still got plenty of good strategies out of it. Its great strength is that it does My psychologist told me to buy this book and I dutifully went out and did so, running into him and his new baby in the process (awkward!). While Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is now quickly becoming the unpopular kid in school next to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (that new girl who just moved here three weeks ago and who has a pool and everyone now really likes even though they don't know her all that well), I still got plenty of good strategies out of it. Its great strength is that it doesn't talk down to you. That, coupled with the generous helping of believable real-world examples the chapters are furnished with, really make it easy to take on its message (which, I supposed, could basically be boiled down to: "Is anyone going to die from this? No? Then SIT DOWN AND SHUDDAP!").

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is a comprehensive guide to CBT with lots of practical advice and exercises to overcome stress, anxiety and negative thought. CBT is a proven technique that is practical and doesn't rely solely on 'positive thinking' and catch phrases/affirmations. When I read this book, I found myself constantly saying 'that's just common sense'. When it is laid out so clearly and logically, I can't help but wonder why my everyday thinking is anything but logical and common sense. I rage, I ruminate and spe This is a comprehensive guide to CBT with lots of practical advice and exercises to overcome stress, anxiety and negative thought. CBT is a proven technique that is practical and doesn't rely solely on 'positive thinking' and catch phrases/affirmations. When I read this book, I found myself constantly saying 'that's just common sense'. When it is laid out so clearly and logically, I can't help but wonder why my everyday thinking is anything but logical and common sense. I rage, I ruminate and spend excessive amounts of time trying to please everyone but even with one reading of this book, I've found myself questioning my thoughts and many times over the past few days I have stopped myself from falling back into negative thinking. I guess this demonstrates the power of thought and that a lot of our problems reside in our view of the world. A great guide that can be dipped into from time to time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Gordon

    This book holds a place on everyone's bookshelf, it is a source of wisdom and knowledge on all aspects of your life and how to improve yourself. Really common sense advice on dealing with anger, depression, anxiety, you name it it covers it. Every subject is covered in a really approachable way, the examples are of everyday people dealing with everyday situations. Please, everyone read this book, it will touch you and change your life. This book holds a place on everyone's bookshelf, it is a source of wisdom and knowledge on all aspects of your life and how to improve yourself. Really common sense advice on dealing with anger, depression, anxiety, you name it it covers it. Every subject is covered in a really approachable way, the examples are of everyday people dealing with everyday situations. Please, everyone read this book, it will touch you and change your life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani Dányi

    Like many self-help aficionados, I have developed a chronic habit of reading about my life problems, without actually overcoming most of them in any spectacular way. There is of course some progress involved; I mean for a while back there, I was pretty sure CBT was a cannabis derivative. But no it's not, close but no - erm - cigar. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a pretty sensible method, very reasonable, systematic, zero mumbo-jumbo, gets things efficiently sorted. Good shit. In fact, the worst Like many self-help aficionados, I have developed a chronic habit of reading about my life problems, without actually overcoming most of them in any spectacular way. There is of course some progress involved; I mean for a while back there, I was pretty sure CBT was a cannabis derivative. But no it's not, close but no - erm - cigar. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a pretty sensible method, very reasonable, systematic, zero mumbo-jumbo, gets things efficiently sorted. Good shit. In fact, the worst I can say about this thorough, well-organized and practical book is, well, you know that older relative or work acquaintance who has this annoying habit of being right? It's a nifty skill, but it can get annoying as hell, I mean gimme a break, having the right answers I can deal with but asking the right questions, huh. So I read this in short burtsts, let's call them instalments. (And I ended up sort of leafing through the indispensible, case-in-point examples of typical problems. They were pretty annoying too: all these people with either insubstantial or enviable issues, I mean I do prefer having a book written more specifically about me.) So now I ended up learning a lot not only about the messed-up mindfucks that get me into anxious and despondent states, but sound methods to undo the cerebral knots and fix up the rigging to somehow bumble through, well, whatever it is I'm barely avoiding crashing all over. That's a pretty tall order for a self-help book, seasoned self-help-resistant punter that I am. In essence, the Brits got this one right, avoiding all the excesses and repetitivity of many an American counterpart, and I'm naming no names, but the difference is striking. Probably I'll end up re-reading at least the Table of Contents, and flip through some chapters to freshen up some of the finer points of not freaking myself out over life. This is a good one to get, so go get it and get to self-helping yourself!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paul Faure

    I'm not a great fan of CBT but I found this book practical with some good suggestions interspersed with inspirational quotes. What's more, for once it's actually written from an Australian perspective. Did it change my thinking? Like any good book, yes, in some way I just may think it has! I'm not a great fan of CBT but I found this book practical with some good suggestions interspersed with inspirational quotes. What's more, for once it's actually written from an Australian perspective. Did it change my thinking? Like any good book, yes, in some way I just may think it has!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Garey

    One of the issues that Dr. Sarah Edelman addresses as she brings her book to a close is the role our expectations play in our happiness. What a wonderful way to start a review, don't you think? This book is absolutely wonderful for those who are new to the self-help and psychology fields. It's a great introduction to the concepts of everyday psychological irritants and provides wonderfully practical exercises to help the reader understand faulty logic. Unfortunately, I went into the book expecting One of the issues that Dr. Sarah Edelman addresses as she brings her book to a close is the role our expectations play in our happiness. What a wonderful way to start a review, don't you think? This book is absolutely wonderful for those who are new to the self-help and psychology fields. It's a great introduction to the concepts of everyday psychological irritants and provides wonderfully practical exercises to help the reader understand faulty logic. Unfortunately, I went into the book expecting that it would be a bit more comprehensive. I really wanted to like it, but every aspect of it fell victim to redundancy. The anecdotes were overkill, basic concepts were defined patronizingly, and nothing was really spoken about in much detail. I understand that this is an introductory self-help book, and I appreciate the "suggestions for further reading" but I really would have liked to have learned more about logic instead of reading twelve more stories about failed marriages. Overall, it just felt so fluffy and tender and INSPIRATIONAL! It's a great book if you want to be coddled and have little experience with therapy or psychology, but not so much if you're looking for actual meat and potatoes information about the theory and why it works.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kazza

    I read this book ages ago, it's a keeper on my shelves, but I've never added it to Goodreads. I recently decided to re-read it as an e-book and it showed up on here - so mini review. Our thoughts have a powerful effect on how we feel so it makes a lot of sense to work on what we're thinking. Our automatic thinking style can be negative, but without checking in and looking at how we think, what we are thinking, we often don't realise this. This is especially true for depression and anxiety, but it I read this book ages ago, it's a keeper on my shelves, but I've never added it to Goodreads. I recently decided to re-read it as an e-book and it showed up on here - so mini review. Our thoughts have a powerful effect on how we feel so it makes a lot of sense to work on what we're thinking. Our automatic thinking style can be negative, but without checking in and looking at how we think, what we are thinking, we often don't realise this. This is especially true for depression and anxiety, but it's easy enough with plenty going on in our lives, because of our upbringing, to be quite negative and unaware. Sarah Edelman knows CBT. This is a great book for any therapist wanting to know more, although I know some therapists are ditching CBT for newer or even older but renewed therapies. CBT is a good therapy. Like anything, it's good to use amongst other ideas. This book is especially good for any person who may be looking to think more positively but with a logical bent, not fluffy affirmations that are a dime a dozen on memes and are simply words with no real meaning or effectiveness. Now with some mindfulness thrown in, it was well worth it to buy the latest edition of Change Your Thinking. Still 5 stars after the re-read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bina

    Easy to read. To-the-point. Easy to grasp. Very practical advice. Must read for those who are battling depression and anxiety. Also a must read for friends & family of those people suffering from depression. CBT is practical and it works.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Langham

    The most actionable, insightful and practical guide toward the practice of cognitive behavioural therapy. Dr Edelman uses many relatable experiences and situations to further enhance the practicality of the book. Anybody struggling to control their thoughts or deal with negative emotions should attempt some of the techniques presented within this book. I believe the content within the book can live up to the title.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Taylor

    At first glance, this book seems irrelevant to traders. But when you consider that trading depends on managing emotions, you’ll think twice. After all, as Dr John F Demartini shares research has shown that if you make a gain of more than 10% you’ll zoom into a state of euphoria and think you’ll never lose money again. Likewise, lose more than 10% and you’ll sink into depression and think you’re financially ruined. Seen in this light, chapters on topics like “Coping With Anxiety”, “Recovery From De At first glance, this book seems irrelevant to traders. But when you consider that trading depends on managing emotions, you’ll think twice. After all, as Dr John F Demartini shares research has shown that if you make a gain of more than 10% you’ll zoom into a state of euphoria and think you’ll never lose money again. Likewise, lose more than 10% and you’ll sink into depression and think you’re financially ruined. Seen in this light, chapters on topics like “Coping With Anxiety”, “Recovery From Depression” and “Taking Charge” (on problem-solving) become most helpful for traders. And not only can you use them to deal with the challenges of being a trader, but you’ll have skills to handle most of the hand life deals you. Let me give you an example: Reading this book succeeded in changing my thinking. Through a combination of illness, and meeting the demands of work and study, I’d become short-tempered and aggressive with the people closest to me. With the book at hand, I could pick out the chapter that was relevant to my current challenges and take charge. Through changing my thinking and becoming mindfully aware, I’ve changed my behavior and become much more likeable. Once you’ve read this book, keep it near you. You’ll go to it a lot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Practical thinking for a happier life

  12. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Graham

    This is a great book for anybody who has problems in life, that can be maintained by changing your thoughts.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Read this on the recommendation of a friend. Not sure the average person needs to read it cover-to-cover, but I figured I would since you never know what sort of issues you might encounter in the future (or what your friends might need advice about. Some sections definitely applied to me more than others though. There was even one example situation that was *exactly* about me, so that was handy in contextualizing the advice. My "favorite" sections were on handling "awfulizing"/catastrophic think Read this on the recommendation of a friend. Not sure the average person needs to read it cover-to-cover, but I figured I would since you never know what sort of issues you might encounter in the future (or what your friends might need advice about. Some sections definitely applied to me more than others though. There was even one example situation that was *exactly* about me, so that was handy in contextualizing the advice. My "favorite" sections were on handling "awfulizing"/catastrophic thinking, and communication strategies, just because they pertained the most to what I struggle with. Struggling now with how to review a therapy book, but it was clearly written, easy to understand, and made it easy to understand what your next steps should be.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kane Mason

    A fantastic book about how to apply “2nd wave” - thought challenging - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in our lives. Filled with a lot of tips I found very helpful and rewarding in application.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peta

    This is a good book which helps people challenge their negative thought patterns, it has chapters on different areas of negative thought from things like anxiety and depression to low self esteem and general "awfulising" I found this book good but a bit long winded with sooo many examples that I found myself skipping past some examples the more I got into the book. I also just skimmed some chapters on things that I didn't feel applied to me and so couldn't find myself interested in reading them This is a good book which helps people challenge their negative thought patterns, it has chapters on different areas of negative thought from things like anxiety and depression to low self esteem and general "awfulising" I found this book good but a bit long winded with sooo many examples that I found myself skipping past some examples the more I got into the book. I also just skimmed some chapters on things that I didn't feel applied to me and so couldn't find myself interested in reading them properly. It's still a great book and would be good for people looking to not let negative thoughts affect them so often in life, some people might find the entire book helpful others would only find parts useful if they apply to their circumstances.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Change Your Thinking is the bestselling guide to managing upsetting emotions by learning to think in a healthy and balanced way. It provides practical strategies for overcoming negative thoughts and behaviours, and taking control of emotions such as anxiety, depression, frustration, anger and guilt. It also describes techniques for enhancing self-esteem, improving communication skills and developing greater personal happiness.......

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Great book with real strategies to moving beyond the polarizing and overwhelming feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, and unrealistic expectations. My mom cannot read the book since her eyesight is very poor so I copied down a lot, a lot of the book on Microsoft Word to send to her so she can blow it up 200% and read it. I hope that she chooses to use the help that is in this book for her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Felicity

    I read this book quite quickly. Edelman breaks it the content down into very simple terms. It provides some simple, easy-to-do strategies for battling depression, anxiety, anger, frustration etc, including changing negative thought patterns. Worked well enough for me, so my friend gave me Edelman's 'Releasing Anxiety' CD to use also. Worth a look! I read this book quite quickly. Edelman breaks it the content down into very simple terms. It provides some simple, easy-to-do strategies for battling depression, anxiety, anger, frustration etc, including changing negative thought patterns. Worked well enough for me, so my friend gave me Edelman's 'Releasing Anxiety' CD to use also. Worth a look!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lachlan Yee

    Not only a self help book but powerful in its ability for you to begin to 'recognise faulty thinking' patterns in people you deal with often. I would highly recommend this book to guide a change in attitude and change in practice to a better life. Not only a self help book but powerful in its ability for you to begin to 'recognise faulty thinking' patterns in people you deal with often. I would highly recommend this book to guide a change in attitude and change in practice to a better life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Great CBT based approach to mood, anxiety, self esteem, anger management... highly recommended!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Very Logical and easy to understand! A fantastic book for anyone who lets their emotions control them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shayne Power

    Great book. Well organised and just what I needed. Will be reading again soon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Comprehensive guide and explanation of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    So, I'm torn about reviewing this book. It has some great insights and I often recommend it to people because it did help me change some of my thinking patterns (be aware that I also had the help of a therapist, though), but to me it was a very boring read. I think it's because everything it says is accompanied by tons of examples that to me felt similar and unnecessary. After leaving it on my "currently reading" bookshelf literally for YEARS, I think it's time to let go of the expectation I'll So, I'm torn about reviewing this book. It has some great insights and I often recommend it to people because it did help me change some of my thinking patterns (be aware that I also had the help of a therapist, though), but to me it was a very boring read. I think it's because everything it says is accompanied by tons of examples that to me felt similar and unnecessary. After leaving it on my "currently reading" bookshelf literally for YEARS, I think it's time to let go of the expectation I'll ever finish it. I'll probably keep it as a reference book and read whatever chapter feels more relevant at the time whenever I feel I need help sorting out my thoughts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Hammer

    This book is amazing! I wish I could give it more stars. I am going through some life stuff currently, and found it difficult to understand what I was feeling and how to react to it. I would find myself consumed by the issues in my life and thought I was on an island. However, after reading this book and working through the advice and and exercises provided, I am feeling a thousand times better. I now have warning of situations that will cause me to go in a spiral, and I have the tools to either This book is amazing! I wish I could give it more stars. I am going through some life stuff currently, and found it difficult to understand what I was feeling and how to react to it. I would find myself consumed by the issues in my life and thought I was on an island. However, after reading this book and working through the advice and and exercises provided, I am feeling a thousand times better. I now have warning of situations that will cause me to go in a spiral, and I have the tools to either stop it from happening or work through it quickly. I recommend everyone take the effort to read this book. Your sanity will thank you for it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Smith

    I read this book in parallel with a great courses series and an online programme and I found this gave information and presented ideas that were not found in the other two sources and framed the ideas in a new way. Where this book is limited is that it is very much framed in the 2nd wave approach and doesn't attempt to draw ideas of mindfulness/acceptance into the treatment, which both dates and limits it. That said, it is a very practical book and makes following CBT after finishing the book ea I read this book in parallel with a great courses series and an online programme and I found this gave information and presented ideas that were not found in the other two sources and framed the ideas in a new way. Where this book is limited is that it is very much framed in the 2nd wave approach and doesn't attempt to draw ideas of mindfulness/acceptance into the treatment, which both dates and limits it. That said, it is a very practical book and makes following CBT after finishing the book easy. I would recommend but would follow up with some 3rd wave / mindfulness work.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Kirk

    So far I am enjoying this book. Id give it a 5* but I am missing pages 21 through 36. Im not sure what happened or if anyone else has had this problem but for me it makes it so there's no point 8n reading this book because its not all there. Im the type of person that if im paying $30 for a book i want all the chapters lol other then that this book is VERY helpful So far I am enjoying this book. Id give it a 5* but I am missing pages 21 through 36. Im not sure what happened or if anyone else has had this problem but for me it makes it so there's no point 8n reading this book because its not all there. Im the type of person that if im paying $30 for a book i want all the chapters lol other then that this book is VERY helpful

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah de Jong

    I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Like another reader who’s review I read, I wanted the book to be more comprehensive than it was. While it’s a good introduction into CBT and I did gather a couple of takeaways from it, I was definitely hoping for more substance.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Everyone should read and own a copy of this book. The book describes the foundations of cognitive behavioural therapy. Essentially how to move from thinking and acting on emotional‘feelings’ to a more rational balanced perspective. I will read this again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    I bought this book when I was going through a hard time. It really helped me to unpick my thoughts and rationalise them. I even bought a copy for my friend who was also struggling mentally and she said the same.

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