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Manage your mind : the mental fitness guide / Gillian Butler and Tony Hope.

By: Butler, Gillian.
Contributor(s): Hope, R. A.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1995Description: ix, 438 p. ; 24 cm. + pbk.ISBN: 0192623834.Subject(s): Psychology | Mental discipline | Self-management (Psychology)DDC classification: 158.1
Introduction -- Part one: Two principles underlying mental fitness -- Part two: The seven basic skills -- Part three: How to improve your relationships -- Part four: The twin enemies of good mood -- Part five: Mind and body -- Part six: The working mind.
Item type Current library Call number Copy number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
General Lending MTU Bishopstown Library Lending 158.1 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) 1 Available 00015172
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-421) and index.

Introduction -- Part one: Two principles underlying mental fitness -- Part two: The seven basic skills -- Part three: How to improve your relationships -- Part four: The twin enemies of good mood -- Part five: Mind and body -- Part six: The working mind.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • 1 What to Expect from this Guide
  • 2 The Scientific Background
  • Part 1 Two Principles of Underlying Mental Fitness
  • 3 Valuing Yourself
  • 4 Recognizing That You Can Change
  • Part 2 The Seven Basic Skills
  • 5 Managing Yourself and Your Time
  • 6 Facing the Problem
  • 7 Treating Yourself Right
  • 8 Problem-Solving: A Strategy for Change
  • 9 Keeping Things in Perspective: Help from Cognitive Therapy
  • 10 Building Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • 11 Learning to Relax
  • Part 3 How to Improve Your Relationships
  • 12 The Importance of Relationships
  • 13 The First Key to Good Relationships: Being Fair to Yourself and Others
  • 14 The Second Key to Good Relationships: Recognizing Voices from the Past
  • 15 The Third Key to Good Relationships: Relationships as Systems
  • 16 Anger in Relationships (new)
  • 17 Sexuality and Intimate Relationships (new)
  • Part 4 The Twin Enemies of Good MoodAnxiety
  • 18 Getting the Better of Anxiety and Worry, or Defeating the Alarmist
  • 19 Overcoming Fears and Phobias
  • 20 Stress: How to Live with the Right Amount of It
  • 21 Dealing with Panic: Controlling the Alarm SystemDepression
  • 22 Depression-The Common Cold of the Mind
  • 23 Digging Yourself Out of Depression
  • 24 How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression
  • Part 5 Traumatic Experience (all new chapters)
  • 25 Loss and Bereavement
  • 26 Dealing with the Past
  • 27 Recent Traumatic Events and Their After
  • Part 6 Mind and Body
  • 28 Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking
  • 29 Averting Problems with Alcohol
  • 30 Overcoming Sleep Problems
  • 31 Good Eating Habits
  • Part 7 The Working Mind
  • 32 The Fundamentals of Effective Study
  • 33 Key Study Skills: Reading, Taking Notes, and Using the Material
  • 34 How to Improve Your Memory
  • Part 1 The Palest Ink and Other External Memory Aids
  • 35 How to Improve Your Memory
  • Part 2 Internal Memory Aids
  • 36 Making Decisions
  • 37 Thinking Straight
  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • Index

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Booklist Review

Self-help and personal betterment tomes are often so earnest and so zealous to help everybody have a perfect life that they are off-putting to readers who merely want some advice. Butler and Hope's low-key compendium of mental self-help is refreshingly free of such obsessiveness. Bright, readable, and insightful, it offers modest goals that are bracingly achievable by means of "skills, understanding, and strategies to suit your circumstances and inclinations." This may sound foggy or indefinite, but it is positively precise and reasonable for works in this genre. Butler and Hope present problems in broad contexts, indicated by such chapter titles as "Treating Yourself Right," "Good Eating Habits," and "Making Decisions." Then, drawing on their clinical experience, they dissect and illuminate specific complaints and offer simple advice. Consider the resulting wide-ranging adviser a fitness book for the mind, rather like a Kathy Smith workout video for the sexiest, rather than the bounciest, part of your body. --Mike Tribby

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