Why is it so hard to lose weight, stop smoking, or establish healthy habits? Why do couples argue about the same issues over and over? Why do so many people lie awake at night, stricken with worry and anxiety? Why is it so difficult to come to terms with a loved one's death, even if it's after a long illness?
The answers to these questions - and the path to lasting change in your life - lie in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, CBT is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life.
In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. You will explore CBT's roots in Socratic and stoic philosophy, build a toolkit of CBT techniques, and hear about the latest research about its outcomes. Additionally this intriguing and practical course allows you to take on the role of medical student, physician, psychologist, and patient.
Throughout the course you'll explore issues that cause people to seek out therapy. In some cases you'll get to hear Dr. Satterfield working with a patient, and in others you'll be delving into research to find what causes issues and how CBT helps to resolve them.
Everyone has something about their life that they would like to improve. With the tools in CBT and the desire to make your situation better, you can create lasting change in your life.
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I highly recommend this book to psychology practitioners and motivated clients. It is well organized and well read. I listen while I do my daily exercise (walking). I often end up writing emails to myself to remember to look up certain topics when I arrive home.
This is a difficult question to answer because I like it all so much. I think the narration was particularly outstanding. The narrator is straightforward and cites references or appropriate links when needed. I have found some audible narrator of scientific information try to be funny or cute, and it ends up distracting from the narration. This is not the case with Dr. Satterfield.
Himself. He narrates the book based on his own research.
This book is extremely broad and has no depth at all. The title "Techniques for Retraining Your Brain" is total garbage. It gives you surface level knowledge of a range of ailments. A quick Wikipedia search for each of these different ailments would be much quicker and much more fruitful.
From this book I was expecting to learn how to recognize negative thoughts, and then learn strategies to rationalize them so they aren't debilitating to one's mood or self-esteem. I got none of this. Here is a breakdown of each lecture:
-This is what depression is.
-This is how many people it affects.
-CBT can help with this. (But no information on HOW)
-Here's a really boring example of a patient talking about depression.
-Here's more surface level information about depression BUT NO COGNITIVE STRATEGIES to deal with it.
-Replace depression with whatever other ailment he's talking about in a different lecture and you have the whole course summed up.
I can't seem to grasp why anyone would see this as useful unless you're in an extremely low state and just need something to get you out of bed. Perhaps this could be that push to get some meaningful help?
I'm reading "Feeling Good" right now by David Burns and the first 10% of this book gives more information than this whole "course".
Talk about COGNITIONS!
I found it somewhat boring. There's good information here but listening to the exchanges between the therapist and the patient didn't seem like the best way to present it. There's nothing terribly wrong with this. It just didn't interest me.
The Author/Narrator has a very kind tenor, this guides the entire course. The course is systematic, switching from symptom to symptom to break up any monotony. Numerous cases and recordings from actual therapy sessions are used as the primary teaching tool throughout the course. This provides context for the ideas and techniques being presented. This is an over arching introduction into what a course of CBT may look like. If you are interested in learning more about psychology in general, and in being exposed to techniques to help with the turmoil of life, this is a good start.
This course had a lot of information, but it was interesting and insightful. Also easier to grasp in small chunks. Very helpful.
Wine Business Researcher who travels a lot. Love the idea of audible books when living the life of a road warrior
Of course. One book does not an author make! It's possible that I just didn't appreciate this example.
The moment when the author tried to engage experiment subjects by asking them to answer questions while being recorded.
Yes, but if I experienced the same result, I'd avoid his books in future.
Disappointment. I'm fascinated by Neuropsychology, but the openly promotional manner in the way this book opened probably put me in a skeptical mood as a reader.
There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary 'padding' out in the initial chapters that just turned me off this book. The author was trying to illustrate key points by using real subjects. This effort should be commended, as the change in narrator helped maintain appeal. Sadly, the subjects were either poorly chosen, or the editing of these elements of the book was omitted in the final version. As an e-reader, I need the sound to be clear, distinct, and entertaining. Brevity and interweaving concepts throughout the e-book is the key to readers keeping interest.
I found the therapy session scenarios very helpful. They helped me understand the CBT concepts in question. Additionally, I found the advice on selfhelp tools such as apps and books and questions to ask a potential therapist very beneficial.
The author did an incredible job presenting this info. He was extremely clear, informative, and unbiased. He often presented CBT in a wider context in terms of what other approaches were available and what the research supported. I always felt like he was an incredibly smart honest objective teacher whose ultimate goal was simply giving people the best tools available and was open about what is yet to be fully understood.
His voice is unbelievable! It's so kind I could've listened to him reciting 100 bottles of beer on the wall! Thankfully the content was just as excellent.
The case studies were really interesting and a nice way to see CBT at work in someone else's situation.
Professor Satterfield clearly knows his business and believes in it. He believes that people can be better. I really enjoyed the personal interviews and learned a lot from his patients. It is a hopeful course and a useful one
I figured the knowledge imparted would be more generally usable but unless one plans to provide therapy it's not the most interesting book.
Loved it, great techniques. Ok, I didn't lose weight or cut down my drinking. But hearing the stories of others has helped me feel more appreciative of my life, more understanding of others and definitely more open minded. It gave me tools and I can pass them on.
"Very good cbt course"
Really comprehensive and engaging hearing cbt in action with the case studies, will be listening again.
"Clear and practical explanation of CBT"
An excellent resource.
This is an excellent lecture series. The course outlines CBT in a clear, understanble way. Additionally, it also utilises real life examples. I can't recommend enough.
"very engaging view of cbt. very informative"
loved this! got a great insight into cbt and I'm now looking to expand my knowledge on the subject. really enjoyed listening to the case studies. thank you
"same O same"
I found this audible to be a bit scatty with information and old material dressed up, if you have been around self help a wee bit.
it's one of them books that would be helpfull to anyone that listens to it and is narrated very well too
"A must for anyone wanting to learn CBT"
Excellent and accessible
Great narration while delivering helpful advice. Recommend to anyone with family or friends needing help or indeed for yourself.
"a little awkward"
I loved most of this, but the clips of actual therapy sessions were really awkward to listen through. It felt very intrusive, even though I assume that the people gave their concent.
"Amazing course - both theory and practice"
This is one of the best non-fiction audiobooks I have ever purchased, and hands-down better than any self-help book I have ever used. (I include even David Burns' classic Feeling Good, which is great but takes a lot more effort to get into and apply). Professor Satterfield strikes a wonderful balance between very clear and concrete practical guidance for daily life and setting out the theoretical underpinnings of the CBT model and carefully explaining the evidence base for the various techniques. The case studies are very illuminating and Professor Satterfield does a great job of avoiding a reductive or overly schematised picture of the challenges of human existence within the CBT framework. Highly, highly recommended.
"Excellent content & narration "
Excellent material, interesting content. Narration was very engaging & credible. Easy voice to listen to.
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