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Book Recommendations on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

In "Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy" by David D. Burns, M.D., readers are introduced to CBT techniques for combating depression and anxiety.

"Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think" by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky is praised for its accessible format, guiding readers through the process of identifying and altering unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.

Newcomers to CBT can benefit from "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies" by Rob Willson and Rhena Branch, which simplifies CBT concepts and provides practical advice for application in everyday life.

Behavioral Change:

"Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear presents actionable strategies for transforming habits and achieving personal goals.

Delving into the science of habit formation, "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg explains how understanding habits can lead to positive change in various aspects of life.

Cognitive Change:

In "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: How to Feel Happier and More Positive" by Sarah Edelman, readers learn simple techniques for shifting their thinking to foster a more positive outlook.

Combining CBT with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles, "The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living" by Russ Harris encourages a change in perspective to cultivate happiness.

"The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle explores living in the present moment and shedding negative thought patterns, offering a spiritually impactful approach to cognitive change.

Exploring mindset, "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck emphasizes the importance of adopting a growth mindset for personal development and achievement.


Books in the "Overcoming" mental health series provide therapist-approved guidance for managing various mental health challenges, from anxiety and depression to trauma and addiction.

For managing anxiety disorders, "The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution" by David A. Clark, PhD, and Aaron T. Beck, MD, offers effective CBT strategies and exercises to tackle worry and fear.

"The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence, and Happiness" by Dr. Steve Peters offers a unique perspective on understanding and managing the human mind, using the metaphor of a chimp.

"The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk offers insights into trauma's impact on the body and mind, alongside strategies for healing.

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