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Learn to understand the way you think and you will be able to deal with many of life's difficult moments. Written in an accessible and humorous style, this book teaches you to know what's going on in your mind and how to get your feelings under control. It'll help you adapt and feel better about your place in the world. Psychologist Gwendoline Smith uses her broad scientific Learn to understand the way you think and you will be able to deal with many of life's difficult moments. Written in an accessible and humorous style, this book teaches you to know what's going on in your mind and how to get your feelings under control. It'll help you adapt and feel better about your place in the world. Psychologist Gwendoline Smith uses her broad scientific knowledge and experience to explain in clear and simple language what's happening when you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and confused. 'This book has given our daughter life's most essential skill: the ability to notice and manage her thoughts. This skill has fundamentally changed her present and her future. We will be forever grateful.' Scarlett's mum


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Learn to understand the way you think and you will be able to deal with many of life's difficult moments. Written in an accessible and humorous style, this book teaches you to know what's going on in your mind and how to get your feelings under control. It'll help you adapt and feel better about your place in the world. Psychologist Gwendoline Smith uses her broad scientific Learn to understand the way you think and you will be able to deal with many of life's difficult moments. Written in an accessible and humorous style, this book teaches you to know what's going on in your mind and how to get your feelings under control. It'll help you adapt and feel better about your place in the world. Psychologist Gwendoline Smith uses her broad scientific knowledge and experience to explain in clear and simple language what's happening when you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and confused. 'This book has given our daughter life's most essential skill: the ability to notice and manage her thoughts. This skill has fundamentally changed her present and her future. We will be forever grateful.' Scarlett's mum

30 review for The Book of Knowing: Know How You Think, Change How You Feel (Gwendoline Smith - Improving Mental Health Series)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | JustReadingJess

    The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith is a very informative nonfiction book about control your feelings. The book was written for teenagers, but is helpful for anyone. Most of the examples are geared towards teenagers, but adults can easily see how that would apply to their life. The Book of Knowing had a lot of useful information that I am planning to use in my life. I listened to the audiobook. Liza Seneca did a good job narrating. Thank you NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this ARC The Book of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith is a very informative nonfiction book about control your feelings. The book was written for teenagers, but is helpful for anyone. Most of the examples are geared towards teenagers, but adults can easily see how that would apply to their life. The Book of Knowing had a lot of useful information that I am planning to use in my life. I listened to the audiobook. Liza Seneca did a good job narrating. Thank you NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for this ARC audiobook.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is a great book for anybody curious to find out about how your brain works when it is sending you messages of stress and anxiety. What is going on in there when your thoughts are whirling, when you get stuck and can't make decisions and prevents you from living as you want. This book is a handy book for teenagers but it is interesting for anyone who is interested in the brain and how it works. It is written in a light hearted way which makes it really accessible. Perfect for any school libra This is a great book for anybody curious to find out about how your brain works when it is sending you messages of stress and anxiety. What is going on in there when your thoughts are whirling, when you get stuck and can't make decisions and prevents you from living as you want. This book is a handy book for teenagers but it is interesting for anyone who is interested in the brain and how it works. It is written in a light hearted way which makes it really accessible. Perfect for any school library. Funny cartoons, hand drawn charts and diagrams make it very user friendly too. If someone in your life is suffering from stress or anxiety, hand them a copy of this book. But read it yourself before you do.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Figgy

    RTC, but in the meantime... this was a conversational and easy to read exploration of how our thinking creates what we feel, with exercises and examples to help readers get a better handle on the progression from event to behaviour, and work on improving our response over time. At times the wording could have been a little clearer, and examples might not apply to some readers, but the "pull quote" style used throughout the book makes it easier for readers to revisit the important messages when w RTC, but in the meantime... this was a conversational and easy to read exploration of how our thinking creates what we feel, with exercises and examples to help readers get a better handle on the progression from event to behaviour, and work on improving our response over time. At times the wording could have been a little clearer, and examples might not apply to some readers, but the "pull quote" style used throughout the book makes it easier for readers to revisit the important messages when working through the exercises after reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erena Tanabe

    A psychological book friendly for teenagers. I definitely recommend this book to teenagers and whoever is struggling with their “negative thinking” (thinking in a way that makes everything look and feel bad than it actually is) This book is amazing. As a teenager myself, I don’t really understand how I think and how my feelings are generated (negative, positive, happy, anxious, etc). But this book explained it all - from how we think to the end result (how we feel). As a “negative thinker” myself A psychological book friendly for teenagers. I definitely recommend this book to teenagers and whoever is struggling with their “negative thinking” (thinking in a way that makes everything look and feel bad than it actually is) This book is amazing. As a teenager myself, I don’t really understand how I think and how my feelings are generated (negative, positive, happy, anxious, etc). But this book explained it all - from how we think to the end result (how we feel). As a “negative thinker” myself, reading this book changed the way I think and how I feel. I really appreciate the author and the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    This woman claims to be helping young adult women to handle mental health issues? First of all, shouldn't she, instead of (or at least in addition to) running a Tumblr, be telling girls to seek professional in person counseling? And secondly: "And you worry that you are going to turn into a fat slob". You can sod right off, Gwendoline Smith. I received the audiobook prior to release from Netgalley for an honest review. I made it halfway through chapter two. I sincerely hope this woman doesn't scr This woman claims to be helping young adult women to handle mental health issues? First of all, shouldn't she, instead of (or at least in addition to) running a Tumblr, be telling girls to seek professional in person counseling? And secondly: "And you worry that you are going to turn into a fat slob". You can sod right off, Gwendoline Smith. I received the audiobook prior to release from Netgalley for an honest review. I made it halfway through chapter two. I sincerely hope this woman doesn't screw up too many lives. From the little I can bring myself to listen to, I'm concerned.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harshita Gupta

    A light and quick read on how to manage thoughts that ran out of control and offers prominent advice to keep feelings in check. I particularly loved the section throwing light on mind reading and future prediction. The writing style is warm, and the illustrations are too good. Lately, if you’re feeling anxious or stressed, then this book is worth a go.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rianna

    26/55 books read in 2020. Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. TW for this book: fatphobic language. Ok, so this is a very short book which feels quite disjointed and unnecessarily hurried at times. From what I've understood, the author is known for her Tumblr blog, which she used to give advice to teens. I've looked up her blog and it hasn't been used in ages, but apart from that, it looks ok. Unfortunately, the author hasn't changed her format style a lot from the blog to this b 26/55 books read in 2020. Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. TW for this book: fatphobic language. Ok, so this is a very short book which feels quite disjointed and unnecessarily hurried at times. From what I've understood, the author is known for her Tumblr blog, which she used to give advice to teens. I've looked up her blog and it hasn't been used in ages, but apart from that, it looks ok. Unfortunately, the author hasn't changed her format style a lot from the blog to this book. And I feel that this book would have been more readable and approachable if it had. Another major let down is the fact that the author has deemed it necessary and acceptable to use fatphobic examples to illustrate her story, both examples could have easily been removed or replaced with another, non-fatphobic, one instead. As far as the actual advice: it was okay. From all of my own research over the years I can tell you that Gwendoline Smith isn't selling something new, but she is selling an effective technique. The way she describes the brain processes and the eventual tool kit are quite useful. However, her explanation of "thought viruses" (her phrasing) is confusing. I had to read it multiple times, and I couldn't sum them all up right now even if you begged me to. All in all, I didn't really like this one. There are other and better sources where you, and any teen that you know, can learn about cognitive behavioural techniques and I would suggest you seek those out instead. One I personally quite enjoyed is The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris (a recommendation from my university counsellor) and there are many more out there. Also, it is very important that if you do find yourself in a sad period or you are struggling that you find someone to talk to. Preferably a professional, but just talking to your favourite family member can also help a bunch.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    Just like the blurb says " a little book for big feelings," and just like that I found it easy to read and understand and what's more interesting is that I've struggled with emotions as a teen and reading through this made it easier to clarify a feeling from a fact, and that's powerful. I also love the illustrations. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC. Just like the blurb says " a little book for big feelings," and just like that I found it easy to read and understand and what's more interesting is that I've struggled with emotions as a teen and reading through this made it easier to clarify a feeling from a fact, and that's powerful. I also love the illustrations. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Mickey

    I really don't like self-help, but this one struck a good chord. It was just enough science and suggestion. I really don't like self-help, but this one struck a good chord. It was just enough science and suggestion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Not for Fat Teens… Audiobook Review I have to say I was actually really put off by this audiobook. It is meant for teens to help them with their emotions. But I don't see it doing that. I see this book is being potentially harmful to the impressionable minds that might read it. The author comes across as so judgmental, especially toward overweight teens. She is exceedingly unprofessional. She actually uses the term “fat slob,” like that's an okay term to use. It isn't. I swear, fat-shaming is the Not for Fat Teens… Audiobook Review I have to say I was actually really put off by this audiobook. It is meant for teens to help them with their emotions. But I don't see it doing that. I see this book is being potentially harmful to the impressionable minds that might read it. The author comes across as so judgmental, especially toward overweight teens. She is exceedingly unprofessional. She actually uses the term “fat slob,” like that's an okay term to use. It isn't. I swear, fat-shaming is the last safe prejudice. The use of this term was bad enough, but then she has an extended example of when a teen who loves to exercise gets sick, making so they can't work out. She states that when they get on the scale and see higher numbers because they can't exercise (which won't necessarily be true because they could lose weight from not eating while not feeling well), then they will start into a shame spiral that makes them think that all they will do is gain wait forever for the rest of their lives. Really? I feel like words cannot express how terrible this would be for a fat teen or a teen with weight issues, like anorexia, bulimia, or over-exercising. The author promotes dangerous stereotypes—and hurtful ones. Just because you are fat does not make you a slob. Just because you gain weight over a short period of time doesn't mean you'll end up to be a thousand pounds because the weight gain will never stop. Words cannot express my deep disappointment in this practicing clinical psychologist and her book. I received a free copy of this audiobook, but that did not affect my review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hansen

    Gives you a good overview about bad thinking habits and some tips to change the way you think. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It's easy and understandable. Gives you a good overview about bad thinking habits and some tips to change the way you think. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It's easy and understandable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sami Sunshine

    The Book of Knowing is a very short and easy read. Did it give me any new knowledge? Unfortunately no, but I think that if I had had this book a few years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time. While a lot of the information in the book is self-explanatory and comes up when you first google "How to stop being anxious," it's presented in such a way that it feels less daunting. Instead of reading the words 'stop overthinking,' the author presents examples that dissect a thinking pattern gone w The Book of Knowing is a very short and easy read. Did it give me any new knowledge? Unfortunately no, but I think that if I had had this book a few years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time. While a lot of the information in the book is self-explanatory and comes up when you first google "How to stop being anxious," it's presented in such a way that it feels less daunting. Instead of reading the words 'stop overthinking,' the author presents examples that dissect a thinking pattern gone wrong. It is in these examples that we are able to make a more meaningful connection with the tips given to us in the book. I gave this a 3.5. As someone who suffers with anxiety, while this information was helpful, it was not new. It did not change my ways of thinking, it did open my mind to new possibilities-it simply reaffirmed what I already know. However, I feel like in the past year or so, I have been able to control my anxiety. For someone who is just starting on the path of change, this book is an excellent tool. It did not do much for me, but I'm positive that a younger audience will learn a lot from it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sami Sunshine

    The Book of Knowing is a very short and easy read. Did it give me any new knowledge? Unfortunately no, but I think that if I had had this book a few years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time. While a lot of the information in the book is self-explanatory and comes up when you first google "How to stop being anxious," it's presented in such a way that it feels less daunting. Instead of reading the words 'stop overthinking,' the author presents examples that dissect a thinking pattern gone w The Book of Knowing is a very short and easy read. Did it give me any new knowledge? Unfortunately no, but I think that if I had had this book a few years ago, it would have saved me a lot of time. While a lot of the information in the book is self-explanatory and comes up when you first google "How to stop being anxious," it's presented in such a way that it feels less daunting. Instead of reading the words 'stop overthinking,' the author presents examples that dissect a thinking pattern gone wrong. It is in these examples that we are able to make a more meaningful connection with the tips given to us in the book. I gave this a 3.5. As someone who suffers with anxiety, while this information was helpful, it was not new. It did not change my ways of thinking, it did open my mind to new possibilities-it simply reaffirmed what I already know. However, I feel like in the past year or so, I have been able to control my anxiety. For someone who is just starting on the path of change, this book is an excellent tool. It did not do much for me, but I'm positive that a younger audience will learn a lot from it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

    The Book of Knowing is a user's manual for the brain aimed at the teen and yearly 20's crowd but as everyone has a brain this essentially for everyone. Gwendoline Smith, a clinical psychologist, started a blog on tumblr called "Doctor Know" after becoming aware of how many young people were looking for help with mental health issues but didn't know where to turn. Sometimes the issues they were struggling with were simple - others needed a deeper understanding of how the brain and decision making The Book of Knowing is a user's manual for the brain aimed at the teen and yearly 20's crowd but as everyone has a brain this essentially for everyone. Gwendoline Smith, a clinical psychologist, started a blog on tumblr called "Doctor Know" after becoming aware of how many young people were looking for help with mental health issues but didn't know where to turn. Sometimes the issues they were struggling with were simple - others needed a deeper understanding of how the brain and decision making works which is how this book came to be written. Smith exlains in clear simple language the links between Behaviour, Mind, Environment, Body, and Mood - how each affects the other and in turn affects decision making and your life. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques Smith shows readers how to look after your mind, break negative cycles, when to ask for help, and how to adjust your thinking to make the most of your life when circumstances suddenly change or life throws you a curve ball.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    The Book Of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith, a clinical psychologist from New Zealand. This book is based on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a therapeutic handbook for, especially young adults in order to have control over their feelings and thoughts. It focuses on concepts like - ABC model, Computer mind analogy, Cognitive Distortions, etc. I like how the author has given tips in the end for readers from non psychology background to help themselves in form of self therapy. Since I am from Psy The Book Of Knowing by Gwendoline Smith, a clinical psychologist from New Zealand. This book is based on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a therapeutic handbook for, especially young adults in order to have control over their feelings and thoughts. It focuses on concepts like - ABC model, Computer mind analogy, Cognitive Distortions, etc. I like how the author has given tips in the end for readers from non psychology background to help themselves in form of self therapy. Since I am from Psychology background, majority of these things are already known by me. I liked how the book has pie charts and various other graphics in order to help understand better. The use of Record sheets in the book was really thoughtful. It's more like a workbook for the reader. Overall it's a good book for teenagers to start and manage their thoughts and feelings. Wouldn't recommend for adults, as there are better and more advance books out there. __________ Thank You to the Publisher and NetGalley for this e-copy in exchange of a honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Jackson

    I think this book makes some really good points, and the overall message (which I interpreted as not letting your emotions cloud your perceptions) is necessary for many of us to hear. The only hitch I had with liking it more was that I felt at times it tried a little too hard to be relatable. No one I know says "OMG." I did like the illustrations, and felt that they helped my understanding, but they weren't always placed where they were convenient to look at. That's something I often struggle wi I think this book makes some really good points, and the overall message (which I interpreted as not letting your emotions cloud your perceptions) is necessary for many of us to hear. The only hitch I had with liking it more was that I felt at times it tried a little too hard to be relatable. No one I know says "OMG." I did like the illustrations, and felt that they helped my understanding, but they weren't always placed where they were convenient to look at. That's something I often struggle with when there are illustrations in books though, so that could just be a me thing. I would recommend giving this book a try if you think you might like some help with learning about how your perceptions can be swayed to the negative.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Edwards

    I'm eleven. Ok, so maybe you think that this book is for teens. I'm a lot more mature than you think. That's what I want to say first. So I have been struggling with anxiety and I have been self-harming because I ask the question WHY? WHY was the world created? WHY did the big bang have to happen? WHY did god put me here? WHY did something (Whatever it was) create the earth? WHY do I have to be here? So, maybe this book didn't stop me self-harming, but it helped. A lot. I think it can help other I'm eleven. Ok, so maybe you think that this book is for teens. I'm a lot more mature than you think. That's what I want to say first. So I have been struggling with anxiety and I have been self-harming because I ask the question WHY? WHY was the world created? WHY did the big bang have to happen? WHY did god put me here? WHY did something (Whatever it was) create the earth? WHY do I have to be here? So, maybe this book didn't stop me self-harming, but it helped. A lot. I think it can help other people to. Its incredibly funny, but it really helps you. Seriously, it explains A-Z of why we think about the things, and a lot of other stuff. Please, if you need help, READ THIS.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This is an interesting and helpful mind therapy book which is designed to help teenagers with their feelings and emotions. Based on CBT, the author, who is a psychologist, assists the reader in helping them to rationalise their feelings and put things into perspective. She provides some useful tools which I will take into account to help me with my own feelings and emotions. I read the audiobook version of this book and the narrator was very pleasant and easy to understand. The netgalley app work This is an interesting and helpful mind therapy book which is designed to help teenagers with their feelings and emotions. Based on CBT, the author, who is a psychologist, assists the reader in helping them to rationalise their feelings and put things into perspective. She provides some useful tools which I will take into account to help me with my own feelings and emotions. I read the audiobook version of this book and the narrator was very pleasant and easy to understand. The netgalley app worked well for me. Many thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Silva

    This is a fairly quick read about learning how to cope with your emotions and maybe even developing skills to control them on your favor. It is aimed at the target reader who has the most trouble dealing with feelings, in my opinion: teenagers and young adults. The writing is very fluid and the chapters are pretty short – which only adds to the intention of making teens read scientific, textbook work without getting bored. The illutrations were also beautiful and added a lot of nuance to the wri This is a fairly quick read about learning how to cope with your emotions and maybe even developing skills to control them on your favor. It is aimed at the target reader who has the most trouble dealing with feelings, in my opinion: teenagers and young adults. The writing is very fluid and the chapters are pretty short – which only adds to the intention of making teens read scientific, textbook work without getting bored. The illutrations were also beautiful and added a lot of nuance to the writing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Very accessible little book to help anyone struggling with thoughts and feelings that limit our lives. Simple language with graphics and humour explains what our brains do, and how our thoughts, beliefs and feelings can negatively affect our self-esteem, and ultimately our life choices and view of the world. Some great tips which could help anyone, but the book seems particularly helpful for young people dealing with big emotions and anxiety.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andreea

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange of my honest opinion. I liked this book. It's a really simple and easy way to present how the brain works - especially when it comes to anxiety, and it presents some CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) tricks to help with anxiety. CBT is not for everyone, but for some people it works wonders when it comes to anxiety (yours truly included). And I loved how easily this book was representing it. The illustrations and graphics were great too. Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange of my honest opinion. I liked this book. It's a really simple and easy way to present how the brain works - especially when it comes to anxiety, and it presents some CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) tricks to help with anxiety. CBT is not for everyone, but for some people it works wonders when it comes to anxiety (yours truly included). And I loved how easily this book was representing it. The illustrations and graphics were great too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    Listening to the audio version of this book is very timely especially for me. Due to the pademic I am struggling with a bit of anxiety with what will happen in the next couple of months. I appreciate the conciseness of this book. It was able to present practical solutions to address basic anxiety problems. Most important message I appreciate from this book is that our perceptions shape our individual emotions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aslynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. simple and humourous language but awesome lessons you will understand why you feel the way you feel and how your feelings lead to your behaviours which all come from your thoughts, we tend to see our lives through a negative lens and make things more serious than it actually is. highly recommend to anyone who wants to find a way of living more positively and reduce anxiety

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    If you’re someone who struggles with negative thinking on a daily basis (like me), then this is the book for you! This book gives you tools to challenge your negative thinking, especially the type of thinking that leads to full on melt downs (I had plenty of those last year finishing my degree, to the point where I had to seek help and start medication). If you suffer anxiety, give it a go 😊

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana Puckett

    Great book for teen or young adults, written in easy to understand language. I would also recommend it to anyone beginning studies in psychology. Full of information on managing your thoughts, anxiety, and stress without being too heavy or dry. I accessed this title in audio format and it was a quick listen packed with great info. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to review this material.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aynur Aslanova

    I have always read about 'fight or flight' mode, but it was the first time I've seen the third option: 'freeze'. I have found questions for our assumptions quite useful: Activating, beliefs, consequences and thought viruses. You just fill in this table and see the truth :) I have always read about 'fight or flight' mode, but it was the first time I've seen the third option: 'freeze'. I have found questions for our assumptions quite useful: Activating, beliefs, consequences and thought viruses. You just fill in this table and see the truth :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Everyone needs to read this book! I’m sure everyone has some kind of negative voice talking in their head at some point or another. This book will help you to understand why you’re doing that, recognize that you are doing that and help you to turn those thoughts around!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    The book was great because it gets straight to the point. Clear explanations and easy to follow examples and exercises. While aimed at teenagers, it could be useful for anyone either struggling with their own thinking or how to help someone younger understand theirs.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lieke

    Interesting and informative, for people who don't know much/anything about the subject. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Interesting and informative, for people who don't know much/anything about the subject. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynette

    Great little book. Aimed at teenagers but captures the heart of Congnitive Behaviour Therapy so well that I think it is useful for anyone. Good, sensible advice about challenging our thoughts. Every household needs one!

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