Carlson ( You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Good News About Depression ) doesn't encourage his clients to attend therapy weekly. Frequent sessions, he asserts, don't make people happy; they only make clients brood about how miserable their lives are. Instead, what we think about, he believes, actually determines how optimistic or unhappy we are. `` Your thoughts always create your emotions ,'' the author argues. Thus, the key to happiness is to replace negative thoughts with postive ones. Negative thinking, according to Carlson, is a habit like smoking or drinking that can be broken. So in effect, depression is the result of faulty thinking habits. Carlson's technique is based on the Psychology of Mind, a new branch of psychotherapy. Included here are case studies of clients he has treated using these principles. While Carlson demonstrates some common sense, much of the book seems glib and patronizing, as if people were machines that could be reprogrammed by pressing a few buttons. First serial to Cosmopolitan. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carlson, a psychologist and author of You Can Be Happy No Matter What (New World Lib., 1992), contends that there may be a faster, easier way to stop depression and obtain happiness than through the traditional therapeutic method. Using theories based on ``a new branch of psychotherapy'' dubbed the ``Psychology of Mind,'' Carlson theorizes that problems, regardless of their source, are actually exacerbated by prolonged examination. Happiness and mental health can instead be achieved by ``making a commitment to happiness'' and by intercepting and halting negative thoughts immediately and replacing them with more positive, mood-lifting thoughts. Case studies are included. This upbeat, commonsense approach may be helpful to those seeking an alternative to traditional therapy. Recommended for most self-help collections.-- Linda S. Greene, Chicago P.L.