Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy – Book Review

David D. Burns is a researcher of human behavior and voluntarily teaches on the same subject. A student of Aaron T Beck–who developed cognitive therapy–Burns wrote “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” based on his teacher’s work. The book went on to become a bestseller. David continued to write several books based on his research studies about various ways that a person could feel good about themselves and fight the feelings of low self-esteem and depression.

In his book, written in 1998, Burns talks about depression, the feelings that cause depression in a person, and how to deal with those thoughts, but what made the book really interesting and unique was the fact that he talked about dealing with depression without ingesting medicines. The book teaches the readers to change their feelings so that they could discover things about themselves that they never knew but had always been there. When depression strikes, there doesn’t seem to be a point to anything, but this self-help book even manages to convince the readers to try during that time, to pull themselves out of the depths of misery and focus on good things.

Burns wrote this book so that people could learn about the mood improving method of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) –a technique developed by Aaron T. Beck and pioneered by Albert Ellis–based on the simple fact that our moods are caused by the thoughts we process in our minds. When our negative thoughts go out of hand, depression takes over. In a nutshell, CBT is all about establishing control over our thoughts so we can control our mood. This book won’t change your feelings and thoughts miraculously, but after reading through the content, one would be able to find a considerable change in their thinking, and the next time depression hits, they’ll be able to take themselves out of the miff without having to take mood-altering medicine.

In the paperback version of the same book released in 2008, David D. Burns added the Consumer’s Guide to Anti-Depressant Drugs while suggesting many other ways to deal with depression.

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