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"Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David D. Burns - A Personal Perspective


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I recently delved into the world of self-help books and stumbled upon "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David D. Burns. This literary gem offers invaluable insights into conquering depression, anxiety, and various mood disorders through the transformative power of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I have to say; it's been quite an eye-opener.


Burns divides his masterpiece into seven parts, each uncovering a unique facet of CBT. In Part One, he lays the groundwork for CBT, illuminating how our negative thoughts can be the root of emotional turmoil. Part Two, on the other hand, is a revelation, guiding readers on the path to identifying and challenging their own negative thoughts.


As we venture further into the book, Part Three is a true game-changer, shedding light on conquering cognitive distortions - those tricky mental habits like all-or-nothing thinking, overgeneralization, and mental filtering that hold us back.


Part Four is where it gets personal. Burns discusses the issues that often accompany depression and anxiety - from self-esteem and guilt to the ever-irksome procrastination. Part Five is a gift to anyone struggling in their relationships. With expert advice and techniques, it brings back harmony and effective communication.


In Part Six, readers get a chance to master stress and anger management, a real-world skill that's priceless. And finally, Part Seven offers guidance on how to keep depression and anxiety at bay - a critical step in the journey to lasting wellness.


One thing that stands out about "Feeling Good" is the author's writing style. Burns has a knack for conveying complex concepts with crystal clarity. He's no stranger to infusing humor and sharing personal anecdotes, making the book not just informative but also genuinely engaging.


I genuinely appreciate the time and research that David D. Burns has put into this book. It's evident that he's dedicated to helping those in need.


In conclusion, I wholeheartedly recommend "Feeling Good" to anyone wrestling with depression, anxiety, or any mood disorder. It's a comprehensive guide, rich in practical advice and exercises. However, like any great read, it has its quirks.


Here's a personal take on the pros and cons of "Feeling Good":




·         It's brilliantly written and easy to grasp.

·         Burns delivers CBT principles and techniques in a clear and concise manner.

·         The book is loaded with practical tips and exercises to uplift your mood and overall well-being.

·         Burns adds a personal touch with humor and relatable stories, keeping you hooked.




·         Some might find parts of the book repetitive, but this can be a benefit when reinforcing essential concepts.

·         While the book is a treasure trove of CBT wisdom, it doesn't address every possible cause of depression and anxiety, such as trauma and genetics.

·         Burns is a fervent supporter of CBT, but he doesn't delve into other therapy methods that might benefit some individuals.

In essence, "Feeling Good" is an invaluable companion for anyone navigating the tumultuous waters of mood disorders. While it doesn't replace professional help, it's a worthy supplement to therapy or medication. This book offers a lifeline to those who need it most.




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