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You Are Not a Rock

A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (for Humans)
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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Mental health is...being yourself.

A prescriptive and positive guide, making the case that mental well-being, like physical health, can be strengthened over time and with specific techniques.

We all want to feel less anxiety, guilt, anger, and sadness. We want to obsess less and be less lonely, and free ourselves from our demons, compulsive habits, and stress. But as humans (unlike rocks), we experience all of these. And, paradoxically, trying to avoid and control them only makes things worse.

Having struggled with serious mental illness for many years himself, Mark Freeman has become a dedicated mental-health advocate and coach. He makes the case that instead of trying to feel less and avoid pain and stress, we need to build emotional fitness, especially our capacity for strength, balance, and focus. With wit, compassion, and depth of experience and anecdotes, he shows that we can recover from many mental disorders, from mild to very serious, at all ages and stages of life, and even if other methods have failed. Freeman's innovative approach makes use of a range of therapeutic techniques, mindfulness training, peer support, humor, and common sense.

©2018 Mark Freeman (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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“The best book, by far, I’ve read on mental health and fitness. Mark has become a trusted friend, thought-partner, and counselor. By reading this book, you too can gain a wealth of knowledge and actionable steps to live a richer, fuller, and more present life. I really couldn’t recommend it more.” (Brad Stulberg, coauthor of Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success)

“Mark Freeman has created a roadmap to calm the worried mind, chock-full of useful practices, no-nonsense strategies, and trench-harvested wisdom.” (Mark Wolynn, author of It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle

“This sensible and highly practical approach to mental health offers a welcome antidote to the fear-based thinking that has become all too prevalent in our culture. Try some of Freeman’s exercises for yourself - you might be surprised by how readily even longstanding emotional roadblocks can be cleared away!” (Gail A. Hornstein, author of Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist's Search for the Meanings of Madness

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Best book I've listened to on OCD/Mental Health

This book gives you the tools for your journey surrounding good mental health. The book does a fantastic job of outling how OCD comes about and can be fed power by your beliefs and actions. Ultimately the book outlines OCD as being resistance/fear of uncertainty. It also speaks of the importance of having your actions follow your 'values' rather then the whims of OCD and the power that gives you. Your brain will follow what you train it, whether that's to maximize OCD/poor mental health or to live according to your values with good mental health. As with anything it takes practice but ultimately the choice is yours.

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  • 09-29-18

A very helpful book with practical exercises

Someone struggling with Anxiety, OCD, and other mental issues will find this book very HELPFUL!!!
If you know someone struggling with mental issues, please give this audiobook to him/her. It will help them dramatically in regaining the mental health. Mark speaks with the authority of someone who struggled with many anxiety issues and was able to improve his mental health to the point of living a life free of them. I am not sure if he kill "The monster" or just tamed it, perhaps I will ask him in his YouTube channel this question.
Note to Mark: I hope this is one more of many more books to come to help all people struggling with mental issues.
Thank you for writing this book ! God bless you.