Visual CBT by Avy Joseph and Maggie Chapman (Capstone £12.99)
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is a proven way to tackle anxiety, depression and other negative states of mind which can prevent us enjoying life – and this original book helps you put it in to practice. It uses pictures to help you change the way you think and feel, and the visual representations of thoughts are surprisingly effective. This isn’t a dumbing-down of CB, more a very clear and new way of presenting it.
Feeling good – Brigid Moss
Hate queueing? Last summer, on holiday in Suffolk, I almost lost the plot in Co-op, as the server chatted to the woman ahead of me about her neighbour’s daughter’s A-levels. I though I was stuck being tolerant, until I flicked through Visual CBT by Avy Joseph and Maggie Chapman (Wiley £12.99). I had thought of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as a way of dealing with serious conditions, but I discovered it’s useful for mundane issues, too. My intolerance, I learnt, is underpinned by ‘Low Frustration Tolerance’, ‘the perceived inability to tolerate difficulty’, combined with ‘Awfulising’, where negative events are viewed as ‘end-of-the-world bad’. My thoughts spiral: ‘Waiting is driving me crazy, being late will ruin my day’ etc. I’m trying to swap these for healthy beliefs, like ‘Queueing might be annoying, but I can tolerate it’. To make the new habit stick, I need to practise. Luckily, we all get masses of opportunity to do that. ‘Grits teeth, calls mobile provider’.
Health and Fitness Magazine
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the proven way to tackle low mood, negative thinking, worrying, sleep problems and anxiety. And now there’s an ingenious new book to help you treat yourself to the benefits. Visual CBT by Avy Joseph and Maggie Chapman (Capstone £12.99) is an illustrated guide to reshaping your thinking processes so you feel more positive. It includes lots of visual examples of healthy thinking versus unhealthy thinking, and shows how to put CBT into practice, with explanatory text to back it up.
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help deal with issues such as anxiety and depression by getting people to write down how they feel so they can identify negative thoughts. In Visual CBT, pictured scenarios literally show healthy and unhealthy responses to situations. It’s effective, as once we can picture a problem, it’s easier to resolve. Give it a go with Visual CBT by Avy Joseph and Maggie Chapman.