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Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning

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Real Help for Human Sadness - Beyond Labels and Pills

In recent decades, much of the unhappiness inherent in the human condition has been monetized into the disease of depression and related "disorders." In this provocative and path-breaking distillation of a career spent working with individuals seeking help with mood and motivation, Eric Maisel persuasively critiques this sickness model and prescribes a potent new approach that updates the best ideas of modern psychology. The ...

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Overview

Real Help for Human Sadness - Beyond Labels and Pills

In recent decades, much of the unhappiness inherent in the human condition has been monetized into the disease of depression and related "disorders." In this provocative and path-breaking distillation of a career spent working with individuals seeking help with mood and motivation, Eric Maisel persuasively critiques this sickness model and prescribes a potent new approach that updates the best ideas of modern psychology. The result is a revolutionary reimagining of life's difficulties and a liberating model of self-care that optimizes our innate ability to create meaning and seize opportunity - in any circumstance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781608680207
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 681,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Eric Maisel, PhD, the author of forty books, is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. Eric is a columnist for Professional Artist magazine and a featured blogger for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. He reaches thousands through his website, workshops, and online courses. He is the founder of noimetic psychology, the new psychology of meaning, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Reality of Unhappiness 1

Part 1 Rethinking Depression

Chapter 1 Creating Mental Disorders 9

Chapter 2 What Do "Treatments" Really Do? 27

Chapter 3 Fifteen Reasons Why People Believe That "Depression" Exists 39

Part 2 Your Existential Plan

Chapter 4 The Existential Ideal - and Its Reality 49

Chapter 5 You Look Life in the Eye 63

Chapter 6 You Investigate Meaning 69

Chapter 7 You Decide to Matter 75

Chapter 8 You Accept Your Obligation to Make Meaning 83

Chapter 9 You Decide How to Matter 89

Chapter 10 You Honor Your Wants, Needs, and Values 97

Chapter 11 You Create a Life-Purpose Vision 105

Chapter 12 You Use Your Existential Intelligence 115

Chapter 13 You Focus on Meaning Rather Than Mood 123

Chapter 14 You Snap Out of Trance 129

Chapter 15 You Reckon with the Facts of Existence 135

Chapter 16 You Personalize a Vocabulary of Meaning 141

Chapter 17 You Incant Meaning 151

Chapter 18 You Maintain a Morning Meaning Practice 157

Chapter 19 You Negotiate Each Day 163

Chapter 20 You Seize Meaning Opportunities 169

Chapter 21 You Handle Meaning Crises 177

Chapter 22 You Engage in Existential Self-Care 187

Chapter 23 You Engage in Cognitive Self-Care 193

Chapter 24 You Engage in Behavioral Self-Care 201

Conclusion: Cracking the Depression Code 207

Notes 213

Bibliography 217

Index 225

About the Author 237

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