Creating Optimism: A proven Seven-Step Program for Overcoming Depression

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A proven, 7-step approach to beating depression and anxiety

Research has indicated that human beings’ natural inclination is toward optimism. So why are so many of us so unhappy? In this powerful self-healing guide, psychologist Bob Murray and therapist Alicia Fortinberry draw upon the latest findings in neurobiology, psychiatry, and evolutionary biology to reveal how the psychological and physical stresses of modern life overwhelm our natural healing mechanisms and foster ...

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Overview

A proven, 7-step approach to beating depression and anxiety

Research has indicated that human beings’ natural inclination is toward optimism. So why are so many of us so unhappy? In this powerful self-healing guide, psychologist Bob Murray and therapist Alicia Fortinberry draw upon the latest findings in neurobiology, psychiatry, and evolutionary biology to reveal how the psychological and physical stresses of modern life overwhelm our natural healing mechanisms and foster depression and anxiety by separating us from what truly makes us human.

More important, in Creating Optimism, you’ll discover a revolutionary seven-step program for overcoming depression and anxiety that has proven far more effective than more traditional methods. Based on their more than two decades of research and practice, Murray and Fortinberry challenge the conventional wisdom that all psychological healing occurs from the inside-out, and explain how, by building healthier relationships with others, your body, nature, and spirituality, you can restructure neural pathways in your brain and promote new, healthier ways of thinking and behaving.

Armed with powerful charts, exercises, self-tests and action plans, you’ll:

  • Identify your dysfunctional thinking and behaviors
  • Use mind-body healing exercises techniques to restructure neural pathways in

    your brain and remove obstacles to your happiness

  • Build and maintain healthy relationships
  • Bind families, friends, and coworkers together in a healthy interconnectedness
  • See past the false values engendered by modern society and find lasting

    fulfillment in what really matters

  • Feel better about yourself and achieve more in your personal and

    professional life

  • Beat depression and anxiety—permanently
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071446839
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/19/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,007,865
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Murray, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, and Alicia Fortinberry, M.S., a psychotherapist and movement educator, have been helping people overcome depression and build strong, healing relationships for more than 20 years. The husband-and-wife team developed the Uplift Program, which is taught at the University of South Florida and the California Institute of Integral Studies. They also consult for multinational corporations.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction: The Way out of Depression vii
Part I Mapping the Way
1 Happiness Lost 3
2 Reclaiming Happiness and Optimism 19
3 The Truth About Depression 31
4 Step 1: Identify and Defeat the Inner Saboteur 45
5 Step 2: Reconnect to Your Body 65
Part II Step 3: Create Healing Relationships
6 Healing from the Outside In 85
7 Discover Your Real Needs 93
8 The Mutual Exchange of Needs 107
9 Negotiation and Consequences 119
10 Rules, Roles, and Rituals 127
11 Building a Supportive Tribe 139
Part III Value Happiness
12 Step 4: Elevate Your Self-Esteem 151
13 Step 5: Uncover Your Competence 163
14 Step 6: Access the Power of Shared Purpose 175
15 Step 7: Deepen Your Relationship to the Divine 189
Appendix To Friends and Family 205
Notes 213
Bibliography 217
Index 231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    This Book Gave Me Hope

    I¿ve read dozens of depression self-help books and tried a seemingly vast array of antidepressants and therapies. None of them worked for me. I felt really ashamed; I felt that all the doctors and all the therapists had to be right and that there must be something wrong with me. Then I came across ¿Creating Optimism: A Seven Step Program For Overcoming Depression.¿ Wow! The authors, Dr. Bob Murray and his wife of over 20 years Alicia Fortinberry write as if they really understand me. They gently guided me to see why I suffered from depression. They made me see that it wasn¿t my fault, that it couldn¿t have been my fault. I saw, for the first time, that my depressive¿sometimes suicidal¿thoughts were caused by the illness, not a cause of it. The exercises in the book are simple, but not always easy. Looking honestly at your past and at your present relationships is not an easy process. The part of the book that I found most rewarding was the section about finding out what you need of other people and how you discover what they really need of you. It¿s an amazing thing to admit, but I¿d never really asked myself what I truly needed of other people. I¿ve been a giver all my life. I thought it was wrong to have needs¿to be ¿needy.¿ How wrong I was. Murray and Fortinberry say that a relationship is ¿the mutual satisfaction of needs.¿ What a liberating and empowering concept! I also love the chapter on how you make a connection with your body, and how you read the mannerisms and postures of other people. I have been looking at how people walk, and how they hold themselves a lot more lately and see how right the authors are. Finally I am pleased that the book gives spirituality it¿s due. So many of the other self-help books ignore this vital element. It¿s a really life-affirming book. It¿s a book of hope.

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