It’s time for the ‘A-Z challenge’- a post every day in April (except Sundays) working up through the alphabet. This year I will be writing about books that I read before I started this blog, that were important to me in some way. The vast majority are ones I still have on my bookshelf today, despite a move in house and sometimes many years since I first read it.
E is for Edelman
Book: Change Your Thinking by Sarah Edelman
What is it about:
This book outlines basic CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) principles, and then focuses on how they relate to various situations or mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem and communication.
When I first read this book:
In early university.
Why it is important to me:
I love psychology- I think it is one of the most underrated things modern man has every created. No matter how good your physical health, how rich, how many friends etc if you have unhelpful thought patterns and coping strategies, you will be unhappy. Psychology also helps you interact with the world and other people in a more positive way, increasing your change of getting those other things I mentioned (friends, stability etc).
I seriously think that everyone should be taught CBT, ACT (acceptance commitment therapy- look up mindfulness training for a simple version), and resilience/positive psychology techniques.
It is also important to me because I found it helpful in improving my own thought patterns when I was feeling down.
Who should read it:
This book is written by a clinical psychologist who is also a university lecturer and trainer. It is accurate and informative, but should be easy enough that most people can read and understand it.