Don't Believe Everything You Feel: A CBT Workbook to Identify Your Emotional Schemas and Find Freedom from Anxiety and Depression

Don't Believe Everything You Feel: A CBT Workbook to Identify Your Emotional Schemas and Find Freedom from Anxiety and Depression

by Robert L. Leahy PhD


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Find lasting freedom from difficult emotions with skills grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and emotional schema therapy.

If you struggle with difficult emotions, you should know that you aren’t alone. Many people feel sad, worried, or stressed out—whether as a result of depression, anxiety, or simply dealing with the common struggles of daily life. Emotions are a natural and healthy part of being human. It’s how we cope with these difficult emotions that reveal our true capacity for happiness, love, and joy.

Don’t Believe Everything You Feel offers a groundbreaking approach blending CBT and emotional schema therapy to help you explore your own deeply held personal beliefs about emotions, determine if these beliefs are helpful or harmful, and find the motivation to adopt alternative, healthier coping strategies. Each chapter contains exercises such as self-assessment, expressive writing, or guided questioning to help you manage your emotions more productively.

There’s no such thing as a “bad,” emotion. But if you’re experiencing sadness, anger, or anxiety most of the time, you need to find balance. This book will show you how to better cope with your emotions and live a full, meaningful life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684034802
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2020
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 64,215
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, is author or editor of twenty-seven books, including The Worry Cure. He has led or been heavily involved with many national and international cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) organizations. He writes a regular blog for Psychology Today, and has written for HuffPost. Leahy is an international speaker at conferences worldwide, and has been featured in print, radio, and television media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Washington Post, 20/20, The Early Show, and more.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Are Emotions? 1

Chapter 2 Validating Your Feelings 18

Chapter 3 Thinking About Your Emotions 32

Chapter 4 The Emotional Schema Approach 45

Chapter 5 My Emotions Will Go on Forever 58

Chapter 6 I Feel Guilty About My Feelings 77

Chapter 7 My Emotions Are Out of Control 101

Chapter 8 I Can't Stand Having Mixed Feelings 124

Chapter 9 What Do I Care About? 146

Chapter 10 The Worst Ways to Cope 159

Chapter 11 Understanding How Other People Feel 173

Chapter 12 Putting It All Together: The Best Ways to Cope 193

Acknowledgments 201

References 203


Leahy resides in New York, NY.

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