Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

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Oxford University Press, 1995 - 438 páginas
In the world of self-help and personal development, there are two kinds of books: those that deal with your private life (how to improve your relationships, how to overcome depression), and those that focus on work and professional skills (how to manage time effectively, how to cope with the boss). But two leading clinicians, Gillian Butler and Tony Hope, believe these two spheres aren't so separate - for real psychological well-being, they argue, we need to integrate the techniques of management with those of psychology, feeling with action, and work with play. And they show us how in Manage Your Mind - a ground-breaking, step-by-step guide to the skills and attitudes that will help you be more effective in your work and to enjoy a more fulfilling personal life. fit, the strategies described in this book will stretch, strengthen, and tune your mind. Your mind is a powerful tool but without the right training, your moods, thoughts, and behaviour can sabotage your goals and cause depression and anxiety. Here Butler and Hope show you how to keep mentally fit - how to tap into your mind's power - so you can enjoy your life to the fullest. Through the powerful, tested techniques they clearly outline, Butler and Hope teach you how to cope with the rigours of everyday life. You can learn to: Build self-confidence Overcome anxiety and depression Take positive control of your present and future Establish and maintain fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and co-workers Free yourself from fears and persistent worries Break bad habits Relieve stress Develop your full potential Manage your self and your time Clarify your goals and values strengthen your memory, stop smoking, sleep better, recover from alcohol abuse, and more. Feeling good is not just a question of addressing a few problems but depends on the development of positive attitudes and superskills that can help you to make the most of your opportunities. Manage Your Mind is a remarkable guide which will help you to lead a more exhilarating and productive life.
 

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Índice

What to Expect from This Guide
3
The Scientific Background
8
PART ONE TWO PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING MENTAL FITNESS
13
Valuing Yourself
15
Recognizing That You Can Change
20
PART TWO THE SEVEN BASICSKILLS
29
Managing Yourself and Your Time
31
Facing the Problem
45
How to Live with the Right Amount of It
207
Controlling the Alarm System
221
Depression
232
DepressionThe Common Cold of the Mind
234
Digging Yourself Out of Depression
245
How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression
265
PART Five MiND AND BODY
271
Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking
273

Treating Yourself Right
52
A Strategy for Change
61
Help from Cognitive Therapy
71
Building SelfConfidence and SelfEsteem
89
PART THREE HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
117
The Importance of Relationships
119
Being Fair to Yourself and to Others
127
Recognizing Voices from the Past
144
Relationships as Systems
158
PART FOUR THE TWIN ENEMiES OF GOOD MOOD
171
Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry or Defeating the Alarmist
173
Overcoming Fears and Phobias
192
Overcoming Sleep Problems
290
Good Eating Habits
301
Averting Problems with Alcohol
314
Tranquilizers and How to Stop Taking Them
331
PART Six THE WORKING MIND
341
The Fundamentals of Effective Study
343
Reading Taking Notes and Using the Material
351
Part 1 The Palest
364
Making Decisions
386
NOTES
409
INDEX
423
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