Managing Your Mind The Mental Fitness Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-03-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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 book straddled 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 "mental fitness" 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 good mind-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.

Table of Contents

What to Expect from this Guide
The Scientific Background
Two Principles of Underlying Mental Fitness
Valuing Yourself
Recognizing That You Can Change
The Seven Basic Skills
Managing Yourself and Your Time
Facing the Problem
Treating Yourself Right
Problem-Solving: A Strategy for Change
Keeping Things in Perspective: Help from Cognitive Therapy
Building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
Learning to Relax
How to Improve Your Relationships
The Importance of Relationships
The First Key to Good Relationships: Being Fair to Yourself and Others
The Second Key to Good Relationships: Recognizing Voices from the Past
The Third Key to Good Relationships: Relationships as Systems
Anger in Relationships (new)
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships (new)
The Twin Enemies of Good MoodAnxiety
Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry, or Defeating the Alarmist
Overcoming Fears and Phobias
Stress: How to Live with the Right Amount of It
Dealing with Panic: Controlling the Alarm SystemDepression
Depression-The Common Cold of the Mind
Digging Yourself Out of Depression
How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression
Traumatic Experience (all new chapters)
Loss and Bereavement
Dealing with the Past
Recent Traumatic Events and Their After
Mind and Body
Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking
Averting Problems with Alcohol
Overcoming Sleep Problems
Good Eating Habits
The Working Mind
The Fundamentals of Effective Study
Key Study Skills: Reading, Taking Notes, and Using the Material
How to Improve Your Memory
The Palest Ink and Other External Memory Aids
How to Improve Your Memory
Internal Memory Aids
Making Decisions
Thinking Straight
Further Reading
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