Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

by Gillian Butler, Tony Hope


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Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide by Gillian Butler, Tony Hope

Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market. A blend of tried-and-true psychological counseling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBTand other psychological treatments, the book straddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one's personal and professional life, the way to success is the same. By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the "mental fitness" necessary to resolve one's personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life.

The first edition addressed how to develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one's time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.), how to improve one's relationships, how to beat anxiety and depression, and how to establish a good mind-body balance. For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters-on sexuality and intimate relationships; anger in relationships; recent traumatic events and their aftermath; loss and bereavement; and dealing with the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195314533
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2007
Edition description: REV
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 548,443
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gillian Butler, Associate, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, UK

Nick Grey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Tony Hope, Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Fellow, St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK

Table of Contents

1. What to Expect from this Guide
2. The Scientific Background
Part One: Two Principles of Underlying Mental Fitness.
3. Valuing Yourself
4. Recognizing That You Can Change
Part Two: The Seven Basic Skills.
5. Managing Yourself and Your Time
6. Facing the Problem
7. Treating Yourself Right
8. Problem-Solving: A Strategy for Change
9. Keeping Things in Perspective: Help from Cognitive Therapy
10. Building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
11. Learning to Relax
Part Three: How to Improve Your Relationships.
12. The Importance of Relationships
13. The First Key to Good Relationships: Being Fair to Yourself and Others
14. The Second Key to Good Relationships: Recognizing Voices from the Past
15. The Third Key to Good Relationships: Relationships as Systems
16. Anger in Relationships (new)
17. Sexuality and Intimate Relationships (new)
Part Four: The Twin Enemies of Good Mood Anxiety.
18. Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry, or Defeating the Alarmist
19. Overcoming Fears and Phobias
20. Stress: How to Live with the Right Amount of It
21. Dealing with Panic: Controlling the Alarm System
22. Depression-The Common Cold of the Mind
23. Digging Yourself Out of Depression
24. How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression
Part Five: Traumatic Experience (all new chapters).
25. Loss and Bereavement
26. Dealing with the Past
27. Recent Traumatic Events and Their After
Part Six: Mind and Body.
28. Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking
29. Averting Problems with Alcohol
30. Overcoming Sleep Problems
31. Good Eating Habits
Part Seven: The Working Mind.
32. The Fundamentals of Effective Study
33. Key Study Skills: Reading, Taking Notes, and Using the Material
34. How to Improve Your Memory: Part 1. The Palest Ink and Other External Memory Aids
35. How to Improve Your Memory: Part 2. Internal Memory Aids
36. Making Decisions
37. Thinking Straight
Further Reading.

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