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Thoughts and Feelings

Thoughts and Feelings
Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life
Fifth Edition




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ISBN: 9781684035489
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About the Book

The comprehensive workbook for radically transforming your life—now in a fully revised and updated 40th anniversary edition!

If you are depressed, anxious, angry, worried, confused, frustrated, upset, or ashamed, please remember that you are not alone in your struggle with painful feelings and experiences. Everybody experiences emotional distress sometimes. It’s normal. But when the pain becomes too strong and too enduring, it’s time to take that important first step toward feeling better.

This fully revised and updated fifth edition of Thoughts and Feelings outlines twenty evidence-based techniques you can mix and match to create your own personal treatment plan for overcoming a range of mental health concerns—including worry, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem, anger, and emotional and behavioral challenges of any kind. Customize your plan to address multiple concerns at once, or troubleshoot the thoughts and feelings that bother you most.

Used and recommended by the most renowned and respected therapists, this comprehensive mental health workbook offers all of the best psychological tools for quickly regaining mastery over your moods and emotions. It has already helped thousands of readers:

  • Challenge self-sabotaging patterns of thinking
  • Practice relaxation techniques to maintain self-control in stressful situations
  • Change the core beliefs that drive painful emotions
  • Identify and prioritize values for a more focused, fulfilling life 


Using proven-effective methods based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness, habit reversal, self-compassion, and more, this book will help you balance your emotions and start feeling better—about yourself, and about the world around you. It’s time, finally, to feel fully alive.


Matthew McKay (Author)
Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem,... Read more

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Martha Davis (Author)
Martha Davis, PhD, was a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA, where she practiced individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for more than thirty years prior to her retirement. She is... Read more

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Thoughts and Feelings Fifth Edition
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Assertiveness Sixth Edition
Messages Third Edition
Patrick Fanning (Author)
Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field, and founder of a men’s support group in Northern California. He has authored and coauthored twelve self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and... Read more

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Thoughts and Feelings is the kind of self-help book that everyone should read. This updated version provides the reader with numerous techniques and ideas for coping with difficult emotions. It is clear, practical, and every chapter is a valuable contribution. If you want to become your own therapist or work more effectively with the therapist you have now, this book is essential reading. Highly recommended.”
Robert L. Leahy, PhD, director of The American Institute for Cognitive Therapy

“This is a masterful, comprehensive workbook that naturally guides readers toward psychological freedom and purposeful living with the most advanced, evidence-based practices. If you’re serious about change, or helping others do the same, this edition of Thoughts and Feelings is an invaluable resource.”
Scott Symington, PhD, clinical psychologist, creator of the Two-Screen Method, and author of Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

“The esteemed authors provide their fifth edition of Thoughts and Feelings, now with conveniently downloadable materials, to guide readers in journeys for positive change. This well-informed and skillfully composed workbook is an especially valuable resource for mental health professionals’ use in clinical practice.”
—Thomas F. Cash, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology at Old Dominion University, and author of The Body Image Workbook

“The clear strategies outlined throughout this wonderful book will help you successfully tackle your anxiety and depression. If you wrestle with your mood, I strongly recommend that you start reading Thoughts and Feelings today. The more you work your way through this powerful book, the better you will feel. It is that simple.”
Jonas Horwitz, PhD, licensed psychologist in Durham, NC; and author of How to Stop Feeling So Damn Depressed

“This workbook puts you in the driver’s seat to control your difficulties with your thoughts and feelings. The authors pair this cognitive approach with skills to help you relax—mindfulness, self-compassion, and positive coping skills. I recommend this book without reservation. Thoughts and Feelings is an inclusive book for a wide range of mental health needs. You will get action steps to help you manage your problems head-on.”
—Gina A. Biegel, MA, LMFT, psychotherapist; researcher; author and coauthor of several books, including The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens; and founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction program for teens (MBSR-T)

“Chock-full of systematic strategies for the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems. Eminently readable and helpful for professionals as well as patients.”
—Aaron T. Beck, MD, president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

“An outstanding book. I recommend it without reservation for both general readers and therapists. It stands apart from other similar books in its reliance on scientific data, not fad, hype, or mysticism.”
—Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; and clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley

“An excellent resource, reference tool, treatment manual, therapy coach, and compendium of techniques.”
—Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, HSPP, president of the Freeman Institute for Cognitive Therapy, and director of clinical training and supervision for the Center for Brief Therapy in Fort Wayne, IN

“One of the most comprehensive and empirically sound guidebooks in all of self-help literature. All of the major problems in living are covered.”
—Cory F. Newman, PhD, clinical director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy, and associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania

“A jewel of a book: supportive and empathetic, short on platitudes and long on practical applications. A must-buy for all cognitive behavioral therapists.”
—Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Marshall University in Huntington, WV

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