Feeling Good: The New Mood Hypothesis

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Feeling Good: The New Mood Hypothesis


Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy is a book published in 1980 written by distinguished psychiatrist David D. Burns, MD. Burns is largely credited with the popularization of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – the psychotherapy method that is now considered the standard for psychological treatment of depression. Burns was mentored by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, who is widely regarded as “the father of cognitive therapy”. Previously, Freudian analysis was considered the standard for psychotherapy treatment, but Beck concluded that empirical evidence suggested this method was not successful for the treatment of depression. In Feeling Good, Burns uses this conclusion as a premise for developing an effective methodology of introspection that can help sufferers of depression identify and stymie the specific thought patterns and beliefs that are causing them to feel depressed. Bringing such a revolutionary paradigm shift of psychoanalysis to the mainstream, Feeling Good was rated by the 1980 edition of Behavioral Medicine as one of the top ten books in the field of behavioral science, and according to The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Books, is the book that mental health professionals in the United States recommend most frequently for patients with depression. Evidence from six studies support that Feeling Good has a beneficial effect on people with depression who read it.

Psychiatrist Dr. David Burns describes anxiety, pessimism, guilt, procrastination, and low self-confidence as “black holes” of depression. Thankfully, these black holes can be cured without the use of medication.

Dr. Burns highlights different, scientifically proven ways to improve these symptoms of depression, uplifting your mood and teach you to have a positive outlook on life. He includes a new consumer’s guide to antidepressants, and an introduction to answer questions about depression treatments.

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy helps you recognize what causes your mood changes, push away negative feelings, cope with guilt, handle hostile and critical individuals, improve self-esteem, and feel good.

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars