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Self-help and personal development books take one of two approaches: they focus either on private life (how to improve relationships, how to overcome depression) or on work and professional skills (how to manage time effectively, how to cope with the boss). Now two leading clinicians, Gillian Butler and Tony Hope, argue that for real psychological well being, you must combine these approaches--integrating techniques of management with those of psychology, mixing feeling with action and work with play. In Managing Your Mind, they show you how, in a ground-breaking, step-by-step guide to the skills and attitudes that will help you become more effective in your work while you enjoy a more fulfilling personal life.
Just as simple measures--regular exercise, a sensible diet--can make you feel better physically, the simple strategies described in Managing Your Mind will stretch, strengthen, and tune your mind. The authors contend that without the right training, your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can sabotage important goals and cause depression and anxiety. But with the powerful, tested techniques described here, you can cope with the rigors and stresses of everyday life, keep mentally fit, and enjoy your life to the fullest. Butler and Hope show you how to

• Build self-confidence and self-esteem

• Overcome anxiety and depression

• Take positive control of your present and future

• Establish and maintain fulfilling relationships with family,
friends, and colleagues

• Free yourself from persistent fears and worries

• Break bad habits

• Manage your time

• Relieve stress

• Study effectively

• And develop your full potential
In addition, Managing Your Mind includes specific, up-to-date information on how to strengthen your memory, quit smoking, sleep better, recover from alcohol abuse, and more.
Tackling emotional problems piecemeal no more leads to lasting psychological well being than crash dieting leads to a permanent solution to a weight problem. You need techniques that you can practice for the rest of your life. Managing Your Mind gives you these techniques. It will help you develop the positive attitudes and skills that allow you to overcome problems as they arise and to lead a happier, more productive life.

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"Bright, readable, and insightful...offers modest goals that are bracingly achievable....Drawing on their clinical experience, [Butler and Hope] dissect and illuminate specific complaints and offer simple advice. Consider the resulting wide-ranging adviser a fitness book for the mind, rather like a Kathy Smith workout video for the sexiest, rather than the bounciest, part of your body."--Booklist

"A well-written, thoughtful guide to dealing with such topics as change, anxiety, stress, depression, and study skills....Self-help techniques and exercises are presented in a clear and helpful manner, and the section on self-help is well written."--Library Journal

Mike Tribby
Self-help and personal betterment tomes are often so earnest and so zealous to help everybody have a perfect life that they are off-putting to readers who merely want some advice. Butler and Hope's low-key compendium of mental self-help is refreshingly free of such obsessiveness. Bright, readable, and insightful, it offers modest goals that are bracingly achievable by means of "skills, understanding, and strategies to suit your circumstances and inclinations." This may sound foggy or indefinite, but it is positively precise and reasonable for works in this genre. Butler and Hope present problems in broad contexts, indicated by such chapter titles as "Treating Yourself Right," "Good Eating Habits," and "Making Decisions." Then, drawing on their clinical experience, they dissect and illuminate specific complaints and offer simple advice. Consider the resulting wide-ranging adviser a fitness book for the mind, rather like a Kathy Smith workout video for the sexiest, rather than the bounciest, part of your body.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195103793
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/7/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors:
Gillian Butler, Ph.D., is Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Warneford Hospital, Headington, Oxford, and is a researcher in the University of Oxford Department of Psychology. She is married with two grown-up children.
Tony Hope, M.D., a clinical psychiatrist, is leader of the Oxford Practice Skills Project at the University of Oxford and co-author, with J.M. Longmore, of The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. He is married to a physician and they have two young children.

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Table of Contents


Preface     v
Introduction     1
What to Expect from This Guide     3
The Scientific Background     8
Two Principles Underlying Mental Fitness     13
Valuing Yourself     15
Recognizing That You Can Change     20
The Seven Basic Skills     29
Managing Yourself and Your Time     31
Facing the Problem     45
Treating Yourself Right     52
Problem-Solving: A Strategy for Change     61
Keeping Things in Perspective: Help from Cognitive Therapy     71
Building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem     89
Learning How to Relax     104
How to Improve Your Relationships     117
The Importance of Relationships     119
The First Key to Good Relationships: Be Fair to Yourself and to Others     127
The Second Key to Good Relationships: Recognizing Voices from the Past     144
The Third Key to Good Relationships: Relationships as Systems     158
Anger in Relationships     170
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships     190
The Twin Enemies of Good Mood     215
Anxiety
Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry, or Defeating the Alarmist     217
Overcoming Fears and Phobias     235
Stress: How to Live with the Right Amount of It     254
Dealing with Panic: Controlling the Alarm System     270
Depression
Depression-The Common Cold of the Mind     283
Digging Yourself Out of Depression     294
How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression     315
Traumatic Experience     323
Loss and Bereavement     325
Dealing with the Past     342
Recent Traumatic Events and Their Aftermath     367
Mind and Body     387
Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking     389
Averting Problems with Alcohol     406
Overcoming Sleep Problems     423
Good Eating Habits     434
The Working Mind     447
The Fundamentals of Effective Study     449
Key Study Skills: Reading, Taking Notes, and Using the Material     457
How to Improve Your Memory: Part 1: The Palest Ink and Other External Memory Aids     470
How to Improve Your Memory: Part 2: Internal Memory Aids     477
Making Decisions     492
Thinking Straight     502
Notes     513
Further Reading     515
Index     519
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