Change can often seem like an impossible task, but this practical book will help you put it into perspective. With guidance from two experts, you’ll recognise the behaviours and thoughts that hold you back, and will develop skills to think more positively, act more calmly and feel better about yourself.
Using the same tools employed by CBT practitioners, this book is full of activities and experiments to explore and challenge, stories and exercises to provide perspective, and a clear framework to encourage and guide you. The authors’ friendly and supportive approach will help you learn to manage recurrences of negative thinking and behaviours, and to develop strong coping strategies.
CBT incorporates the latest therapies and research, including ACT and mindfulness, and explicitly addresses problem areas like insomnia and depression.
Throughout this book we’ll be illustrating how it’s our Bs (beliefs) that largely cause the stressful Cs (consequences), not necessarily the actual situation itself. So, if someone isn’t stressed about meeting important deadlines, giving a presentation or meeting new people it’s because they believe they’ll cope well and therefore don’t predict any awful consequences. The fact that they’re not stressed in this way can then become a self-fulfilling prophecy, in that it will cause them to behave and react in positive ways which might actually make a successful outcome more likely. When we hold overly negative beliefs the opposite can happen.