THE FEELING GOOD WORKBOOK: Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life by

THE FEELING GOOD WORKBOOK: Using the New Mood Therapy in Everyday Life

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This sequel reprises and elaborates on Burns' best-selling Mood Therapy (1980), using the same cognitive behavior-therapy techniques to produce self-illumination and change for the better via reams of busy pencilwork. Among other things, one must fill in a 33-symptom ""Anxiety Inventory"" and a somewhat shorter ""Depression Checklist,"" rating the intensity of each symptom on a score of zero to 100. One should also keep a ""daily mood log,"" analyze the advantages and disadvantages of ""automatic"" negative thoughts and feelings, and write down more positive responses to frustrating situations, missed opportunities, etc. Bums contends that these techniques (barely sketched here) enable individuals to eliminate destructive thinking patterns and emotions that, in turn, pave the way for modification of self-defeating behavior. He bolsters this contention with a selection of case histories from the ""thousands"" of patients he has successfully treated. Overlong (488 pp.) but several cuts above Arthur Freeman's rival cognitive behavior-therapy treatise, Woulda/Coulda/Shoulda (p. 909).

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1989
Publisher: Morrow