Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market. A blend of tried-and-true psychological counseling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBTand other psychological treatments, the book straddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one's personal and professional life, the way to success is the same. By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the "mental fitness" necessary to resolve one's personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life. The first edition addressed how to develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one's time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.), how to improve one's relationships, how to beat anxiety and depression, and how to establish a good mind-body balance. For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters-on sexuality and intimate relationships; anger in relationships; recent traumatic events and their aftermath; loss and bereavement; and dealing with the past.
1. What to Expect from this Guide ; 2. The Scientific Background ; 3. Valuing Yourself ; 4. Recognizing That You Can Change ; 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 ; 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) ; 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 System ; 22. Depression-The Common Cold of the Mind ; 23. Digging Yourself Out of Depression ; 24. How to Become Less Vulnerable to Depression ; 25. Loss and Bereavement ; 26. Dealing with the Past ; 27. Recent Traumatic Events and Their After ; 28. Breaking Habits and Stopping Smoking ; 29. Averting Problems with Alcohol ; 30. Overcoming Sleep Problems ; 31. Good Eating Habits ; 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