Feeling Good, Dr. David Burns
Recommended for depression and affective disorders
"Feeling Good" is one of the most popular self-help book published in the psychology field.
It is an effective source from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach for the treatments of depression and affective disorders which would help for an effective behavioral and emotional change.
This book has been judged with a bias due to the name of the book. It was assumed that there are recommendations to feel only positive. However, this book teaches one to regulate emotions and how to deal with depression, numbness. The majority of readers found this book quite effective. This book was found to have similar effects with antidepressant medicine in the treatment of depression.
One of the most important things in therapy is one's ability to make changes on own. Thanks to this book, patients can gain awareness for the relationship between cognition, behavior, and emotion so that they can make effective changes.
It can be read both during the therapy or before/ after the therapy.
Quotes from the book;
“Your thoughts create your emotions; therefore, your emotions cannot prove that your thoughts are accurate.”
“In my experience, the most crucial predictor of recovery is a persistent willingness to exert some effort to help yourself. Given this attitude, you will succeed.”
“Every time you feel depressed about something, try to identify a corresponding negative thought you had just prior to and during the depression. Because these thoughts have actually created your bad mood, by learning to restructure them, you can change your mood.”
“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.”