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The Feeling Good Handbook

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,862 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Make life an exhilarating experience!

With his phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, Dr. David Burns introduced a groundbreaking, drug-free treatment for depression. Now in this long-awaited sequel, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides step-by-step exercises that help you cope with the full range of everyday problems.

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Paperback, Revised edition, 729 pages
Published October 28th 1999 by Penguin (first published 1989)
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May 31, 2008 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Yulia by: a family member
Shelves: non-fiction
I haven't read this yet, but was recently directed to a list included in this book on page 76 of distorted thoughts, or cognitive distortions, that people make:

1) All-or-nothing thinking: You look at things in absolute, black-and-white categories.
2) Over-generalization: You view a negative event as a never-ending pattern of defeat.
3) mental filter: You dwell on the negatives and ignore the positives.
4) Discounting the positives: You insist that your positives don't "count."
5) Jumping to conclus
abdolreza farsi
اگر از من بپرسید یک کتاب مناسب در زمینه شناخت درمانی که برای عموم مناسب باشد چیست کتاب از حال بد به حال خوب نوشته دکتر دیوید برنز با ترجمه مهدی قره چه داغی پیشنهاد من است.

کتاب در زمینه روانشناسی می باشد ؛ نویسنده معتقد است ریشه بسیاری از مشکلات افراد را باید در عدم شناخت کامل آنان از خود دانست.

شناخت درمانی مبتنی بر نظریه ساده ای است که می گوید به جای حوادث بیرونی افکار و طرز تلقی های شماست که روحیه ی شما را شکل می دهد.

یکی از اصول مهم شناخت درمانی قضیه ای به ظاهر مهمل است و آن اینکه نقطه ضعفهای ش
Roy Lotz
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unlike with previous Burns books, I read this one while I was feeling relatively normal and untroubled. I did this because I sensed myself relapsing. Cognitive therapy, as you might know, is based on the premise that your thoughts control your moods and emotions. Thus it works by changing your beliefs and even your values in order to alleviate depression, anxiety, and problems with relationships. In my own experience, this can have a remarkably liberating effect. The problem is that, when the re ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی بسیار مفید در مورد روانشناختی و خود یاریگری برای درمان انواع افسردگی، اضطراب و سایر بیماری های روانی رایج
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. I am now able to recognize my mental patterns and decide if they're beneficial to me or not, and discard the unproductive, depressing, anxiety creating thoughts in favor of good thoughts or no thought at all. It's a workbook & the exercises must be done to get the full effect.

I recently bought this handbook again because I lost the first one and I realized I'm in need of its way of putting my thoughts on paper and weighing/sorting them out.

I recommend this book t
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I am not ashamed of reading self-help books, or of liking them despite the fact that they do not possess the subtlety or nuance or pacing of the classics. "Show, don't tell" kind of disappears: you are being told more often than you are being shown in these sorts of reads about how to deal with feelings and emotions, which can be off-putting to like-minded fiction buffs, but I feel like my readings in fiction led me here. This is in part because I was seeking counseling in my fiction: counseling ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Do not read this book if you are severely depressed. This book has helped a lot of people -- people who are mildly or moderately depressed. For people who are severely or chronically depressed, not as much.

I bought the book after three years of clinical depression and then had the book for four more years of depression, and I only got a few chapters into it. In fact, it really stressed me out. I took it to my therapist's office several times with me feeling upset, brokenhearted, like a failure,
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
hopefully, I can get through this very thick book, but I LOVE the premise, and heard about it from an Education Week talk on battling depression. The speaker was a 20 year or so experienced Psychiatrist who now works w/ LDS Social Services, and rarely uses medication more than very short term, and has seen TONS of non-relapse success with cognitive therapy--anyway, that's what this somewhat older, but still best-selling book is about--except in extreme cases, he gives lots of tools for controlli ...more
محتوای قوی نداشت. اونجور که باید افسردگی رو به چالش نکشیده بود. مثل نوشته های زرد بود. فکر نمی کردم یه روانشناس انقد پیش پا افتاده بنویسه. از مسائل محدودی هم حرف زده بود. خوندنش توصیه نمی شه ازین که وقتم رو پاش گذاشتم عصبی و افسرده تر شدم.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for people with anxiety disorder. Contains some worksheets as well as great tips for making it through panic attacks.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خوندن این کتاب رو به همه توصیه می کنم . این کتاب به شما کمک می کنه خطاهایی که در شناختتون هست رو اصلاح کنین و انرژی روانیتون رو ذخیره کنید . از اونجایی که همه آدم ها از این خطاهای شناختی دارن و باعث می شه حالشون بد باشه پس همه می تونن برای رسیدن به حال خوب از این کتاب استفاده کنن . البته این کتاب جای تشخیص و درمان روانشناسی رو نمی گیره و اگه کسی مشکلات حادی داره باید به درمانگر مراجعه کنه .
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am currently reading the book. I think that the book is really good and is very on point with different kind of issues. The book really tackles many issues that we face everyday.I think that the book is really helpful for figuring out what is bothering you and how to solve many problems such as depression and other different kinds of phobias. The book has taught me several things so far on how to express my feelings and how to get to the bottom of what ever is bothering you. I think that anybo ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!
Recommended to Jacqueline by: A dear friend, who is a Social Worker
SUCH a good book! I was given this by a friend who has shelves upon shelves of self help books, and I was very skeptical at first. To me, all self help books are just fluff, I mean can it be that easy to improve your life just from reading a book? YES! This book is pretty intimidating with its large size but it is absolutely chalk-full of amazing information and ways to deal with the everyday stresses of life. I will recommend this book to every person who wants to change their life for the bett ...more
Nov 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
I don't know. So far, I'm not finding this very helpful. Say it's the depression talking if you will, but I feel like I should be on the waiting list for the Oprah show when I'm reading this. I'll finish it... but I have a "good feeling" that $20 I spent on it would have been better used somewhere else.

Marianne Wallace
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, self-help
Overwhelmed? Stressed? Feel like you're ready to slide into a dark abyss?

This is the book version of a cognitive behavioral therapy session with a psychiatrist. The examples, advice and exercises help you step back from your feelings, thoughts and behavior and take a clearer, more factual look at what's really going on in and around you.

It's a tome at just over 700 pages and covers topics such as Why People Procrastinate, Social Anxiety and Five Secrets of Intimate Communication, all divided int
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the newer edition of THE book that was used in the clinical trials comparing antidepressants to cognitive-behavioral therapy, in which, believe it or not, they were found equally effective. I wish I had learned about this book in medical school! Not only have I found it extremely helpful on a personal level, but I can't think of a single person I've ever met who shouldn't read this book. What a helpful way of untwisting all the horrible things we and our minds do to ourselves.
ممکن است روش خلع سلاح را نپسندید، زیرا وقتی کسی از شما انتقاد میکند، احساس خشم می کنید و صدایی در درون شما فریاد برمیاورد: حق با من است، حق دارم ازخودم دفاع کنم؛ اگرتسلیم این ندای درونی شوید و این وسوسه همیشه قدرتمندی است، تن به جدلی بی فایده و تقریبا همیشه بی سرانجام میدهید. بحث و جدل با انتقاد کننده تقریبا هرگز به نتیجه نمیرسد، اما در تایید منتقد حرف زدن همیشه موثر است و تاثیر جادویی دارد.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, comprehensive handbook for those with depression and/or anxiety. This lengthy book delves into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where one's automatic thoughts are analyzed for distorted thinking and exchanged for more rational thoughts. The book is also a workbook full of assignments and scenarios to lead the reader to a better understanding of why they think the way they do. There are also chapters on anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medications, what they do, how they respond to oth ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
See my review of the book. This is a great handbook and there probably is more info in it. But I would suggest that you don’t need this handbook. I think the book is plenty helpful and only $5 on Amazon. Just my two cents.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new adult mental health diagnosis
Recommended to Gina by: Health care provider
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Jyotika Varmani
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is not an attempt to hard sell. It is a sincere, genuine effort to provide us with exercises that really work. This I can say from personal experience. David D. Burns is a champion of Cognitive Psychology, and he has reached out to the general population with the simplest way with this book. This book is simply a must read, and practice. It is a classic.
May 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
727 pages. Donated 2010 May.

Revised with up-to-date information on the most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs, "The Feeling Good Handbook" has sold more than 500,000 copies in previous editions.

Somehow I expected more. The book seemed kind of patronizing.
Sep 21, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اين كتاب را فقط به خاط خاله ام خواندم فكر كنم 4 سال پيش بود
كلا از اين مدل كتابها خوشم نمياد. منظورم اين كتابهاي روانشناسي غير كلاسيكه
اين كتاب بد نبود براي اين كه نگرش فرويد در روانشناسي را درك كني
تا آنجا كه من متوجه شدم (البته ربطي به اين كتاب نداره) فرويد مهمه! همين
Heidi Lynn
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Can't afford counselling? Well, they've actually studied this book and found it has clinical effectiveness very similar to a course of cognitive behavioural therapy. I found the bit about interpersonal communication especially helpful. Find the truth in complaints against you. Who knew?
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Stupid book gave me anxiety about how to fix my anxiety. I gives you a guilt trip in the beginning about not taking the exercises seriously enough. I got rid of it.
Luc Reid
A friendly, step-by-step approach to applying Rational Emotive-Based Therapy (REBT) to your own life. Does a very good job of showing the connections between our thoughts and our emotions.
Aug 21, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: self-help
this one is so good for me that its hard to read, if you know what I mean.
Eike Post Preischaft
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is a great book in that it give strategies and real world examples on how a self analysis can lead to chaning thought patterns which can lead to being happier.

The reason I rated the book 4 stars and not 5 is that it only talks about one aspect of fighting depression and ignores other aspects completely.
Other aspects are:

1. Environment (important but not covered)
-less stressful environment
-more nature
-people around that love you

2. Physical (important but not covered)
-enough sleep
- good nutriti
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
The thoughts you have, no matter how distorted, create your emotions- which feel real no matter how distorted the thought is.

I love his notion on should statements, because setting yourself up for feeling like a failure usually starts with should statements. By using alternate wording you can significantly improve your thoughts and thereby your mood.

I like his idea to write down the thoughts that led to the negative emotion, such as always or never statements. Then uncoil these distorted statem
Erica Garcia
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this on my mom's recommendation. Aware of how much I can't stand new-agey "power of positive thinking" crap, she knew I would really benefit from and enjoy the very concrete, no-brainer techniques Dr. Burns offers to combat a myriad of cognitive issues like anxiety, procrastination, poor self-talk, etc. It took me a little over a month to get through the whole book- it's HUGE, but the last 200 pages or so are really only necessary for practicing psychiatrists and therapists since they dea ...more
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David D. Burns is an adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the author of the best-selling book Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Burns popularized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when his book became a best seller during the 1980s.

Burns received his B.A. from Amherst College in 1964 and his M.D. fro
“The secret of successful treatment is not to become a perfect, shining star or to learn to be in complete control of your feelings. These strategies are doomed to failure. In contrast, when you accept yourself as an imperfect but eminently lovable human being, and you stop fighting your emotions so strenuously, your fear will often lose its grip over you.” 9 likes
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