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Publisher's Summary

Most people ideally want to live fulfilling lives, which includes having healthy relationships with themselves as well as others. However what precludes a great deal of people from attaining this fulfillment in life is the inner turmoil that consumes them. This inner turmoil inevitably leads to distress, which affects everything around them, such as personal relationships, family relationships, work relationships, etc. This distress can lead them to suffer from maladies such as anxiety, phobias, depression, addiction, eating disorders, issues with self-esteem and anger, emotional suffering, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and various other behavioral and mental health difficulties.

People find it difficult to resolve and overcome this inner turmoil and become stuck because of their ineffective thinking processes. In his audiobook, entitled Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unleashed, author James Ashley covers in detail how two types of therapies, cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, can be utilized to produce a more effective thinking process for the individual--one that leads to more favorable and positive results and the resolving of this inner turmoil. This book explores the various components of both treatments.

©2015 James Ashley (P)2015 James Ashley

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Great Overview of DBT

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This is a great overview of DBT. There is one boring part where all the different types of people DBT is good for is covered, but other than that it's excellent. The readers voice is perfect.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Powerful, Not Powerless

What did you love best about Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unleashed?

It was a review of previous times I had received CBT therapy in a clinical setting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

We apply what we learn from this therapy. I am the student and also the character. So I liked myself as the favorite character.

Have you listened to any of Lauren McMahon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened before.

What did you learn from Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Unleashed that you would use in your daily life?

That I will always have emotions. They are innate. I can practise this therapy on a daily basis on trivial and important events that will always come around. I can change my behavior by realizing that I don't have to always act on how I am feeling emotionally.

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This therapy would have made a huge difference in my life if taught at a young age. I was 58 years old, an active alcoholic,and contemplating suicide. Attempts at 12 step programs never seem to click; especially the 4th step- "A searching and fearless moral inventory". I used what I learned in CBT to be able to understand the Big Book of AA. The Big Book was written in 1939. CBT was not invented until the 60s by Dr. Beck. Anything that I read today; I can understand what is being stated because I can identify with what a writer may be feeling.I am a real alcoholic. Many persons in AA are not alcoholics or have not been brought low enough yet to accept it if they are.One of the difficulties is real alcoholics suffer so much before they make it. All do not make it out alive. The harm we cause others. So what others say about 12 step programs doesn't influence me-pro or con. I do know that today I can identify myself with other real alcoholics in the pages of the Big Book. It is true. What those pages say are true to a real alcoholic. CBT therapy was the breakthrough for myself. This therapy should be taught from kindergarten. My belief is it would make great strides in reducing many emotional disorders and also reduce crime.Our behavior is what society judges us on. Our emotions if not kept in check are forest fires in our lives; because we have never learned how emotions can influence our behavior if we act upon them. There are persons in prison today because of acts of rage. They acted upon how they felt emotionally. Their behavior put them into prison. Not the emotion. CBT helped to put out the fire and allow me to function again into society. It helped me to just be who I am. I'm reasonably content with life today. Sometimes I am plum overjoyed!

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Just ok. Better options out there.

I much preferred "Calming the Emotional Storm" to this one. The narration and writing were more in tune with an average person listening to it, versus a therapist. I got bored half way through...

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Good info, bad narration

Great info, but the narrator does not understand the need to pause between words, sentences, or even chapters. It's all just kind of quickly blended together.

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comes across like lecture points

I've read and listened to several DBT audio books. This is significantly the least helpful of any of them. The examples are extremely simplistic and unrealistic. There are some things which are of interest, but because it is written mostly like lecture points (it mentions things but doesn't go into them with much detail) it leaves you with nothing you don't already know. This is a total waste of money and time. There are many other resources significantly better than this.

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Good summary of cbt. not sure I understood dbt

CBT is described well. not so sure how to apply DBT. The content on DBT can be expanded

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A really good introduction to C&DBT

The book works well on audio. Some of it is common sense some of it requires a therapist in order to work well. Would be good required reading for group therapy. A little more than the basic self help book. More than I needed.

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It worth it

The cornet is lacking. There is very little in the way of actual DBT skills. The narrator is monotone and boring.

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Hope you're having a peaceful night. What's happening got a minute please call. I am

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  • Nicola
  • 01-11-18

Common sense semi accurate armchair psychology

I personally got very irritated by this book and found myself wondering how much theoretical rigor is contained in it's pages, and the background of the author. I looked at the details and note the publisher is called Make Profits Easy. They aren't even pretending to be academic. Sadly this sort of semi informed self help book may be helpful to some (if you are able to sift out the useful stuff and ignore the rest) but in my experience can facilitate distress, especially in the most vulnerable.

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  • Zsolt
  • 12-02-15

to fast without good examples

the book would be more educational if it would contain more examples and keep breaks between huge lists of e. g. symptoms and the narration would be slower especially when listing things