Summary of Feeling Good: by David D. Burns, M.D.

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By: FastReads
Narrated by: Anthony Pica
Length: 57 mins
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"Labeling yourself is not only self-defeating, it is irrational. Your self cannot be equated with any one thing you do. Your life is a complex and ever-changing flow of thoughts, emotions, and actions. To put it another way, you are more like a river than a statue." - David D. Burns, M.D.

"Achievements can bring you satisfaction, but not happiness." - David D. Burns, M.D.

"The price you pay for your addiction to praise, will be an extreme vulnerability to the opinions of others. Like any addict, you will find you must continue to feed your habit with approval, in order to avoid withdrawal pangs." - David D. Burns, M.D.

"Much everyday anger results, when we confuse our own personal wants with general moral codes." - David D. Burns, M.D.

"But these abnormal emotions feel just as valid and realistic as the genuine feelings created by undistorted thoughts, so you automatically attribute truth to them. This is why depression is such a powerful form of mental black magic." - David D. Burns, M.D.

What will you learn from listening to this audiobook?

  • What cognitive therapy is, and how it can help you.
  • That anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression, can be cured without drugs!
  • Why self-esteem could be the root of many of your problems
  • How to change your thoughts in order to better your emotions
  • The difference between sadness and depression
  • How to fight depression, prevent it, and spur personal growth
  • Tricks for coping with the stress of daily living
  • How different drugs can affect your body, and the best treatment for you.

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Too abbreviated to do the original content justice

I get it. The point of this is to be shorter than the original, but I have read the original book and this summary version is simply too pared-down to be very useful. I see this as the kind of thing that would be useful as a review after reading the original book, but you just can't really take in the information without the examples of implementing the techniques that the original book provides.

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Excellent Informational

Excellent Informational for understanding of Depression and symptoms a must read for everyone with Depression.

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Happy o got the summary instead of the book

I heard so many good things about the book, but i am so happy i got the summary instead. I think I wouldn't be able to listen to the whole book because it is targeted to a specific group of people where I don't belong. there are some good and interesting key points but at times it can pull you down and i didn't like the chapter with the explanation of the antidepressants.