How to Stay Sane
Years of working as a psychotherapist showed Philippa Perry what approaches produced positive change in her clients and how best to maintain good mental health. In H ...more
Controlling and maintaining the balance of your mental being is the focus of this book which is fulfilled by examining the four following areas:
2. Relationship (quite interesting and insightful chapter)
4. Personal story.
Thorough review soon.
Sanity falls into two groups: one of people who have strayed into chaos and whose lives lurch from crisis to crisis, and ones who are in a rut and operate from a limited set of outdated rigid responses. Some of us manage to belong to both groups at once. This book is about how to stay on the path between those two extremes, how to remain stable and yet flexible, coherent and yet able to embrace complexity.
When we become more sensitive towards ourselv ...more
But if it isn't written by him it is clearly influenced by him because this is published by the School Of Life, a London institute(?) school(?) refuge(?) co-founded by him.
This is a short, practical guide to the best thinking about how to maintain sanity. (In brief: exercise, keeping a diary, and being a good friend -- n ...more
تمارین و تکالیف کتاب البته هنوز در دست انجامه.
خوندن این کتابها و انجام تمارینش رو به همه توصیه میکنم. ...more
I guess the main purpose of School of Life which is using psychology and philosopy in daily life is the essance of this book.
All very positive; in addition to the theory on self-reflection, stress, observing and recognizing own behavioral patterns, working on self-control, relationships, and other human interactions, the book includes case studies of personal change and a few exercises of self-development.
However, I will admit ...more
A great, small book that is easy to get into and moves quickly to avoid feelings of being overwhelmed by ways to fix destructive behaviors. I love Perry's voice, which is very conversational and friendly. She often speaks about her training as a therapist, but in a way that makes her feel more human and trustworthy.
There's an exercise section at the back of the book, and her suggestions such as keep ...more
I think it's a great book. It's realistic, and accessible - not a dry, difficult non-fiction book at all. There are some truly great insights in the book, as well as a number of different exercises to help you become more self-aware, and to help create new, more beneficial neural pathways. I'll certainly be keeping this book on hand & starting to do some of th ...more
Self-Observation: Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Examining my life, however, is my source of life—since, without it, life is paradoxically unlivable (I mean that in a figurative and literal sense). But what is this self-examination process? It’s, in short, tenderness, understanding, acceptance—of one’s thoughts, but more specifically, one’s feelings. Plato knew long ago that the human brain is spli ...more
How to be Sane written by Philippa Perry is a short, and surprisingly a good book to read. This book is a part of The School of Life series which takes a different approach to introduce self-help genre, in an intelligent way.
Philippa Perry is psychotherapist and in this book she offers some pragmatic insight on observing one's attitude, reactions or thought process. She argues that there are four cornerstones to being sane, to being conscious. Self-observation is one, other being your relations ...more
I wasn't so interested in the usual psycho-babble that psychotherapists and psychologists get caught up in to unravel people's stories and causes for emotional issues in life.. fair enough, talking helps, though theories are just theories at the end of the d ...more
A positive and insightful look at self-growth.
The book is written by a psychotherapist; she’s created a manual so that people can be their own therapist.
Ms. Perry sets out four basic elements that should be included in a m ...more
I would like to think of a better title for this book but I can't. I enjoyed it as a short primer for mental health that packed in a good amount of actionable information along with cited sources. It covers the relationship between emotion and decision making. Advocates for keeping a diary (so convincingly that I plan to start). Explains the benefits of self-observation, mindfulness, and attention practice (familiar to me from CBT, yoga, and meditation but still useful to read through). Explains...more