Take Charge of Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger

Take Charge of Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger

by Dr. Linda J. Solie


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Take Charge of Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger by Dr. Linda J. Solie

Respected Christian Psychologist Helps Readers Find Relief from Emotional Pain

Linda J. Solie, a psychologist who has been in private practice for more than 20 years, says everyone can benefit from taking charge of their emotional health. She gives readers the skills to take control of their thoughts and behaviors by first identifying the problem thinking that creates painful feelings and undesirable conduct. Then using a seven-step process, she helps them change their feelings and behavior. Throughout the book the seven steps are applied to a variety of situations, both short term--such as a distressing mood--and longer term, including significant longstanding emotional pain. Grounded in faith, the reader's relationship with Jesus is always central to the process.

As William Backus pioneered a generation ago with Telling Yourself the Truth (more than 700,000 sold), Solie will reach thousands of readers who don't have easy access to mental health providers or can't afford them. Pastors and lay counselors will also find this an excellent resource to use and recommend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764211133
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 551,586
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Linda J. Solie (PhD, University of Minnesota) is a licensed psychologist who has been helping clients overcome emotional challenges and specializing in issues of depression and anxiety for nearly thirty years (www.drsolie.com). She began her practice as a hospital staff psychologist working with children and adults and has been in private practice for more than two decades. A member of the American Psychological Association, Solie speaks nationwide at churches and retreats as well as other venues. She makes her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

Part I Empowered Through Thoughts and Behaviors

1 Connecting Self-Talk, Feelings, and Behaviors 19

2 Taking Charge of Self-Talk 31

Part II Empowered Through Jesus Christ

3 Building a Solid Foundation 55

4 Respecting Hazard Warnings 67

5 Solving the Unsolvable 83

Part III Empowered Through People

6 Learning to Like Who You Are 97

7 Building Friendships With Others 113

Part IV Taking Charge of Your Emotions

8 Defeating Depression 131

9 Overcoming Anxiety 151

10 Conquering Anger 179

11 Finding Joy 205

Appendix A Seven Steps to Changing Feelings and Behavior 213

Appendix B The Seven Steps: Tips and Troubleshooting 219

Appendix C I/O Exercise 245

Appendix D Gentle Confrontations 247

Notes 251

Seven Steps Topical Index 259

List of Selected Tables and Charts 261

Feelings List 263

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Take Charge of Your Emotions: Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
Take Charge of Your Emotions by Dr. Linda J. Solie Seven Steps to Overcoming Depression, Anxiety, and Anger For many people suffer from depression and anxiety, this book is a useful guide, set up in an organized system, to help these sufferers.  The seven steps are: 1. Describe the situation 2. Identify Your Feelings 3. Uncover the Unhelpful self-talk 4. Predict the Behavior 5. Choose Helpful self-talk 6. Select the feelings 7. Predict the new behavior Dr. Solie includes lists of emotions; words to help readers identify their feelings by name.  Having identified the problem(s), the next step is to write about the possible consequences, putting worries on the page. Having expressed the feelings and the worry, an outcome is predicted. (e.g. “I will fail”)   After writing out the possible dire consequences and predicting disaster, the next step is a re-write, using helpful “self-talk” to replace discouraging, defeated or anxious language.  Listing some suggestions and a plan of action empowers the person to take action, taking control of events.   Other helpful lists include ideas for activities that include others and some to do alone.  The system and lists are good coping skills that can become a joyful way of life. The key to making this system successful is constant writing.  We write letters to friends to keep in touch, why not do the same for ourselves?  Often, seeing words written helps clarify what has been elusive. Following the steps and corresponding faithfully with oneself is to be seen as an act of self-love. Keeping Jesus Christ as our best friend and source of unconditional love will lead seekers to vanquish unproductive, self-defeating behaviors and choose newer and more joyful actions.   I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review.  I am pleased to recommend it to adult and teenage readers.