Based on the authors' more than 20 years of research and practice, this unique, seven-step program challenges the conventional wisdom that healing occurs from the inside out. It shows that real change comes from building healthier relationships with other people, our own bodies, nature, and spirituality. The program can be used either without medications or in conjunction with them.
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.