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Feeling Good by David D. Burns
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Jun 21, 08


I use David Burn's techniques from this book sometimes weekly, sometimes daily. I was familiarized with this book about 10 years ago and I still flip to page 40 to sort out "cognitive distortions." He has ways to pinpoint the thought processes that lead to sadness, anger, frustration, low self-image-- it is a logical and empowering tool to know how to quickly put out mental flares.

Just a few of these "cognitive distortions" include: All-or-nothing thinking ("you always forget my birthday"), Mind-reading/the fortune teller error, Mental Filter (focusing on one negative event till everything seems to be negative), and emotional reasoning ("I feel_____ therefore it must be true.")

After narrowing down your thought, finding which distortion it fits under, and then writing out a "rational response," it DOES make you feel good!! Instantly!

Great tool to have. I am working on ways to simplify the methods to use for my children.
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