All human beings have spontaneous needs for happiness, self-understanding, and love. In Feeling Good: The Science of Well Being, psychiatrist Robert Cloninger describes a way to coherent living that satisfies these strong basic needs through growth in the uniquely human gift of self-awareness. The scientific findings that led Dr. Cloninger to expand his own views in a stepwise manner during 30 years of research and clinical experience are clearly presented so that readers can consider the validity of his viewpoint for themselves. The principles of well-being are based on a non-reductive scientific paradigm that integrates findings from all the biomedical and psychosocial sciences. Reliable methods are described for measuring human thought and social relationships at each step along the path of self-aware consciousness. Practical mental exercises for stimulating the growth of self-awareness are also provided. The methods are supported by data from brain imaging, genetics of personality, and longitudinal biopsychosocial studies. Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being will be of value to anyone involved in the sciences of the mind or the treatment of mental disorders. It will also interest theologians, philosophers, social scientists, and lay readers because it provides contemporary scientific concepts and language for addressing the perennial human questions about being, knowledge, and conduct.
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The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other 'black holes' of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D. outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr Burns adds an all-new Consumer's Guide To Antidepressant Drugs, as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression. Recognise what causes your mood swings. Nip negative feelings in the bud. Deal with guilt. Handle hostility and criticism. Overcome addiction to love and approval. Build self-esteem. Feel good everyday. Some text and images that appeared in the print edition of this book are unavailable in the electronic edition due to rights reasons.
Every day, people make life choices that, ideally, increase their evolutionary fitness ? the chances of survival and successful reproduction ? and lead to positive feelings of fulfilment, accomplishment, and happiness. Sometimes, however, individuals experience quite the opposite: feelings of sadness caused by fitness-decreasing choices. Fortunately, many advancements in evolutionary theory and evolutionary psychology have increased humans' capacity as a species to address the question of how to live a life characterized by more positive than negative feelings.Feeling Good reveals anyone can learn how to trigger mechanisms that generate positive feelings and increase positive fitness levels. The key is to employ an evolutionary perspective on how mental mechanisms generate feelings in relation to our life choices.From an insightfully evolutionary perspective, Feeling Good examines how to find and keep a mate, make good career decisions, build a solid social network, deal with death and negative influences, and make life choices in general that can lead to better and more sustainable mental and physical health. Menelaos Apostolou deepens our understanding of human nature by exploring what is good and evil in an evolutionary sense as well as in relation to religious dogmas; and whether making fitness-increasing life choices can lead to more good or more evil acts.
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The Art Of Feeling Good unveils Àse Yoga, a self-healing practice that transcends our obstacles and transforms our lives. African American women in the United States and the Diaspora share a unique history, which has affected how we feel about ourselves. Something happen, yet we don’t talk about it. But, even if we choose not to deal with the chaos of the past, the suffering of our foremothers will not fade away. Knowing the history is not enough. Healing from the “enslavement process” is crucial to connecting with our beauty and feeling good. In The Art of Feeling Good, Dr. Robbin Alston takes us on a journey to the balancing power of Àse Yoga. As a guide, this book encourages African American women to begin embracing and re-claiming yoga as practice for healing. Using our ancient mystical systems, knowing who we are, reconnecting with a universal holistic spirit-mind-body energy practice, with Àse Yoga, we begin to re-member, to re-discover our real identity. Dr. Alston introduces the balancing power of Àse Yoga, a blend of personal energy, healing asanas, healthy lifestyles, breath connection, rhythmic movements and guided meditations designed to activate our vital energy centers, rebalance our life force and engender authentic relationships with self and others It’s time to feel good. The Art of Feeling Good offers a path to wellness, right relationships and mindful choices. This book shares with you an empowering healing process that supports your journey toward self-realization and feeling good.
In a society where a blemish or “bad hair” can ruin an otherwise perfect day and airbrushed abs dominate the magazine rack, many of us feel ashamed of our bodies. If dissatisfaction with your looks is a distressing preoccupation, this compassionate book offers a way to break free from the mirror. Harvard psychologist Sabine Wilhelm leads you through a step-by-step program that helps you fight the urge to spend hours “fixing” your skin and hair, working out, or shopping for flattering clothes. Reality-check exercises based on cognitive-behavioral therapy demonstrate how to identify unfounded beliefs about your appearance. Once you understand the negative thoughts and feelings that distort your self-image, you’ll be able to shed lengthy grooming rituals and overcome the embarrassment that keeps you from enjoying life. With Dr. Wilhelm’s expert guidance, you’ll learn to replace self-doubt and insecurity with confidence and a positive outlook. Whether you’ve spent thousands on plastic surgery or avoid trips to the beach, dating, or socializing, you owe yourself this opportunity to make peace with your looks. If you or someone you care about is struggling with a body image problem, effective care is finally at hand. Health care professionals, see also the related treatment manual: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
This is your book if you''re an adult who is worried about the health and strength of an older person in your life, your Significant Elder You will learn how to introduce strength training to improve the quality of life for your Significant Elder, even if he or she is 90 years old. Your Significant Elder will need a doctor''s approval to exercise, but the huge majority of older people can train for strength. They love working out because it makes them feel so good. Here''s how you can help: Conduct the strength training sessions yourself if you have lifted weights with a certified personal trainer for some time. On the next page, see some examples of people over age 40 who could easily train a Significant Elder. If you haven''t done strength training, take this book to a personal trainer and ask for at least four to six sessions so that you can learn the correct techniques to teach your Significant Elder. Then consult the personal trainer from time to time as needed. If you live too far away, use this book to find a personal trainer for your special older person. Then learn how to follow up to ensure success. Chapters 3 through 10 contain introductory notes just for you. This is your book if you are a Significant Elder age 65 or older. If you are in your 60s or early 70s, read the note below and schedule a dozen or so strength training sessions with a certified personal trainer. After that, you can probably continue strength training on your own. However, it''s a good idea to find a workout partner so that the two of you can keep each other motivated and ensure each others'' safety on some of the more challenging exercises. If you are in your 70s, 80s, or 90s, congratulations! Please give this book to your favorite young person a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sibling, spouse, in-law, friend, or helper. Then surprise this person by asking for some assistance with strength training. It will do you both worlds of good. Another strategy is to give this book to a certified personal trainer and ask for the kind of strength training we recommend. This is also your book if you are a certified personal trainer who wants some tips on working with older clients. It''s the best job on earth if you really like to help people. Each chapter contains a special note near the
We all have people in our lives that we just can't seem to get along with. Whether it's our spouse, co-worker or neighbour, something about the relationship just rubs us up the wrong way, and though our natural instinct is to blame the other person, that can just make things worse. In Feeling Good Together, renowned US psychiatrist Dr David Burns applies his successful method of cognitive interpersonal therapy to teach us how to take control of our relationships. Building on the principles that he first introduced in Feeling Good (over 4 million copies sold), Burns offers innovative techniques designed to improve communication skills and shows us how to cope with different personality types, such as the big ego, the jealous type, the stubborn mule and the critic, and reveals the five secrets of effective communication. This groundbreaking book will identify the behaviours that are sabotaging your relationships and give you the tools to change.
What excites and inspires you, tickles your funny bone, fills you with awe, or just generally makes you feel good? For health reasons we might never have fathomed, you need to be doing much more of it--each and every day. For more than 18 years, Dr. Carl Charnetski and Dr. Francis Brennan have been performing extensive studies on the immune system and how factors such as music, sex, laughter, pets, optimism, and pessimism affect it. Their breakthrough research supports the notion that everday pleasures cause a measurable increase in your body's ability to fight disease. And now, in Feeling Good Is Good for You, they reveal their 13-step pleasure formula for supercharging your immune system through daily lifestyle choices to help prevent colds, flu, coughs, and other everyday diseases. Learn which scents boost immune levels, how sexual frequency affects your health (and how many times per week is ideal for keeping up your resistance), and why Fido may be your best health protector. With Feeling Good Is Good for You, you can live better and longer, knowing that the connection between pleasure and your immune system is for real. Positive thinking can not only change your life--it can save it. Now get out there and enjoy life!
The recognition of animal pain and stress, once controversial, is now acknowledged by legislation in many countries, but there is no formal recognition of animals' ability to feel pleasure. Pleasurable Kingdom is the first book for lay-readers to present new evidence that animals--like humans--enjoy themselves. It debunks the popular perception that life for most is a continuous, grim struggle for survival and the avoidance of pain. Instead it suggests that creatures from birds to baboons feel good thanks to play, sex, touch, food, anticipation, comfort, aesthetics, and more. Combining rigorous evidence, elegant argument and amusing anecdotes, leading animal behavior researcher Jonathan Balcombe proposes that the possibility of positive feelings in creatures other than humans has important ethical ramifications for both science and society.