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It's Not Always Depression

A New Theory of Listening to Your Body, Discovering Core Emotions and Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of It's Not Always Depression by Hilary Jacobs Hendel, read by Cassandra Campbell. Includes a PDF of reference materials.

We were all taught that our thoughts affect our emotions, but in truth it is largely the other way around: we have to experience our emotions to truly understand our thoughts and our full selves. This is why we should think not only about cognitive behavioural therapy or medication but also about our emotions when addressing psychological suffering.

In It's Not Always Depression, pioneering psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel reveals the most effective techniques for putting us back in touch with the emotions we too often deny - methods which can be used by anyone, any time, anywhere. Drawing on stories from her own practice, she sheds light on the core emotions (such as joy, sadness and fear), defences (anything we do to avoid feeling) and inhibitory emotions (anxiety, shame and guilt) and how understanding their interaction can help us return to mental well-being.

This is the basis of accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy: it accelerates healing through having an emotional experience in the here and now. It allows you to reacquaint yourself with your feelings, to recover a more authentic self and to be more calm, curious and connected.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 Hilary Jacobs Hendel (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Amazing

This book is fantastic! I didn’t want it to end. Professional or not you’ll reap the benefits x

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I want to return this but audible returns email

I find it much harder to judge audio-books than print. I found this impossible to listen to without screaming at it. I find it too preachy, perhaps because it is spoken and doesn't allow you to engage at your pace and your level as a book does. Is it really so important to force down people's throats (ears) yet another theory which can alienate? If the approach and narration had prioritised people/common humanity before theory, my experience might have been different; I might otherwise have found it bearable as the topic is of interest. "It's not always depression" isn't really a great title if we accept there are different ways of experiencing, viewing and/or explaining "it ".

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  • 28-11-19

Heavy on the psychotherapy...

Overall I found the information interesting and was able to apply the information to partially help manage personal anxieties. However I found a lot of the case studies based on deep seated childhood trauma and people who spent years in therapy - a bit harder to relate to when trying to apply the "method". I also found some of it a bit too heavy on old school psychotherapy, and how various childhood incidents can apparently ruin you for life. I came out of the book feeling more worried about ruining my children's life than dealing with my own pre-existing anxieties.

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Best "How to" book on overcoming emotional unrest

This is the best book I've read on how to overcome depression. It contains play by play examples of how to overcome specific emotional disturbances as well as a simple methodology that can be applied to any issue. Would recommend to anyone with depression.

If you are looking for a book that explains "What emotions work and why ALL emotions are needed" then "The language of emotions" by Karla McLaren should be read before this one.

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Very helpful to improve you emotional coping

I liked this book a lot; well written, well-read, and a good way to work through emotions. Re-read worthy!!

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Now I have hope

After listening to this book I felt very identified, maybe I don’t have depression or maybe my depression has a cure.

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Practical and insightful.

An incredibly insightful book with very practical advice on how to use it. Useful to everyone.

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  • 03-10-19

Can’t get past the foreword

The foreword is like a mini lecture in itself and really stopped me getting into the book.

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  • maikenstene
  • 27-11-18

Potential Life Changer

Great book that explains what lies beneath our emo chaos! Extremely useful and wish everyone would read it. Thank you!!