The Compassionate Mind Workbook
By Chris Irons, Elaine Beaumont
There is good and increasing evidence that cultivating compassion for one's self and others can have a profound impact on our physiological, psychological and social processes. In contrast, concerns with inferiority, shame and self-criticism can have very negative impacts on these processes and are associated with poorer physical and mental health. The Compassionate Mind Workbook is for anyone who is interested in how compassion - in the form of ideas and practices derived from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and other approaches - may help us to engage with, understand and ultimately, try to alleviate suffering. CFT utilises both Buddhist practices and Western psychological science. It draws on neuroscience, insights into emotion regulation and identity formation, interpersonal psychology and a range of psychotherapeutic models. CFT-based interventions can help people with a range of mental health problems develop compassion for themselves, be open to the compassion of others and develop compassion for others.This workbook is a step-by-step guide to CFT, in which the chapters build your understanding of yourself, the skills that give rise to a compassionate mind, and ways to work with whatever difficulties you're struggling with in life. The exercises, prompts and case stories in this book provide an understandable and practical way to develop compassion.
Can't Just Stop
By Sharon Begley
'Filled with emotionally resonant stories, Can't Just Stop helps us understand not only the underpinnings of some forms of mental illness, but also the everyday worries that drive so much of our behaviour. A fascinating peek into the human mind in our age of anxiety.'David Kessler, author of Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering Do you check your smartphone continuously for messages? Or perhaps do the weekly shop with military precision? Maybe you always ensure the cutlery is perfectly lined up on the table?Compulsion is something most of us have witnessed in daily life. But compulsions exist along a broad continuum, and at the opposite end of these mild forms are life-altering disorders.Sharon Begley's meticulously researched book is the first of its kind to examine the science behind both mild and extreme compulsive behaviour; using fascinating case studies to understand their deeper meaning and reveal the truth about human compulsion - that it is a coping response to varying degrees of anxiety.Through the personal stories of dozens of interviewees exhibiting behaviours such as OCD, hoarding, compulsive acquiring, exercise or even altruism, Begley employs genuine compassion and gives meaningful context to their plight. Along the way she explores the role of compulsion in our fast paced culture, the neuroscience behind it, and strange manifestations of the behaviour throughout history. Can't Just Stop makes compulsion comprehensible and accessible, exploring how we can realistically grapple with it in ourselves and in those we love.
The Curious History of Dating
By Nichi Hodgson
'A new approach to romance... The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two' Sunday TimesWhat if Mr Darcy had simply been able to swipe right?'This book was a real education for me. It's like a Lonely Planet guidebook to dating.'Gilo'Lessons to learn for committed singletons and happily married alike, and everyone in between.'Anon'I loved it.'Adele Taylor'I found it hard to put down.'richie666Dating has never been easy. The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today? How did Victorians 'come out'? How did love blossom in war-torn Europe? And why did 80s video-dating never take off?Bursting with little-known facts and tantalizing tales of lovelorn men and besotted women, Nichi Hodgson's intriguing history of amorous relationships, from enamoured Georgians to frenziedly swiping millennials (and everyone in between) may leave you grateful that you live - and love - today.
By Mark Bryant
From beautiful lyrics to madcap waggery, from the prime suspect in a partridge killing in ancient Greece to the medieval monk's cat Pangur Bán and encompassing odes, fables, stories, limericks, songs, nursery rhymes and more, Mark Bryant has compiled a wonderfully evocative collection of writing of all kinds on cats by those who love them. There are poems from Chaucer, Baudelaire, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti, Shelley and Wordsworth; humorous pieces by Lewis Carroll, Ambrose Bierce, Edward Lear and Jerome K. Jerome; and other delights from writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Saki and Mark Twain. From ancient Egypt to the recent past, covering every genre, from humour and fantasy to romance and horror, and drawn from every part of the world, these stories, poems and excerpts from essays, letters, diaries and journals provide a collection to delight any cat-lover.
Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace, Revised Edition
By Jackie Arnold
This book will give you the knowledge and skills to understand the differences between coaching, supervision & mentoring. It will demonstrate how effective coaching programmes can enhance behaviours and retain key staff. How it can reduce recruitment costs, promote well-being and give a robust return on investment. It offers leaders and managers proven behaviours, coaching and supervision models and techniques that can be adapted for any environment. It supports the requirements for the ILM and CMI Coaching and Mentoring in Management Qualifications at levels 5 and 7. The book includes:Comparison of effective leadership styles and application, establishing the right conditions and climate for coaching, overcoming the barriers to coaching and /or supervision, enhancing communication and workplace understanding and presenting a clear business case for coaching & supervision.
Can I Eat That?
By Jenefer Roberts
Written in a chatty and non-medical style, Can I Eat That? guides people through the initial and sometimes frightening stages which follow diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. It contains an explanation of the nutritional factors behind the disease, and the nutritional factors in foods that are tolerated; and brings these factors together in advice on the choice - and the cooking - of beneficial and tasty foods. The book also contains over 100 various recipes for healthy, nutritious and above all enjoyable meals suitable for people with Type 2 diabetes.
By Jonathan Clements
The sect was said to harbour dark designs to overthrow the government. Its teachers used a dead language that was impenetrable to all but the innermost circle of believers. Its priests preached love and kindness, but helped local warlords acquire firearms. They encouraged believers to cast aside their earthly allegiances and swear loyalty to a foreign god-emperor, before seeking paradise in terrible martyrdoms. The cult was in open revolt, led, it was said, by a boy sorcerer. Farmers claiming to have the blessing of an alien god had bested trained samurai in combat and proclaimed that fires in the sky would soon bring about the end of the world. The Shogun called old soldiers out of retirement for one last battle before peace could be declared in Japan. For there to be an end to war, he said, the Christians would have to die.This is a true story.
By Geoff Tibballs
The worst cookbook ever, packed with truly bizarre and utterly disgusting recipes from all over the worldEver since humankind produced its first foodie, the culinary world has dished up some staggering confections which could best be described as 'acquired tastes': dishes such as Virgin Boy Eggs (eggs soaked in the urine of prepubescent boys); live octopus, which clutches at the diner's tongue and throat as it is swallowed; and Beard Beer, made from the yeast found in facial hair.In northern Greenland, the Inuit are fond of cramming as many as 500 dead auks (small sea birds) into an old seal skin which they place under a large rock until the birds have fermented into what has rightly been described as a 'sticky, pungent, toxic, cheesy gloop'. Kiviak, as it is called, is eaten by biting off the birds' heads and sucking out the juices. The mighty Roman Empire was built on such delicacies as larks' tongues, stuffed thrush, boiled flamingo and grilled cow's womb, while the Tudors loved nothing more than a roast cockenthrice: the head and upper body of a pig carefully stitched onto the lower body and legs of a turkey.Today, for those with an adventurous mindset and a robust life insurance policy, there is no shortage of nauseating local delicacies to enjoy. In China, not only is tuna eyeball on the menu, but also yak penis (served whole). In Vietnam, one can enjoy the still-beating heart of a freshly-killed snake; in Iceland, raw puffin heart. In the Philippines, there is duck embryo to be had - like a Kinder Surprise . . . only containing a dead foetus instead of a toy. In Sardinia, they like nothing more than a nice bit of maggot-infested cheese; and the favourite tipple of Korean foodies is Ttongsul, a wine made from the fermented faeces of a child.Bon appetit!
Colour Me Bad
Putting the stress back into colouring books, this is your chance to colour outside of the lines, to rip, rend, tear and destroy, scribble, deface or obliterate the images. Dump on your distress! Take out your frustrations on the page!Evil Editor ILYA I. KILLYA has assembled a crack team of top professional cartoonists and illustrators to 'toon up your terrors, throw out your troubles and definitively trash your traumas.Fill in these visual fillips, images of stress - distressed bods, stressful situations, the daily tripe that messes with your melons - and end it, any way you care to, however you dare to: Get creative, be artistic, play anarchic. Feel free to go as twisted or rude as you like!HELLO, KILL YOUPet hates, bugbears, bastard bloody botheration! Stressy folks, hateful objects, hate figures - from traffic wardens to politicians, forever pissing on your chips - Big Blue Blistering Barnacles! 'Unexpected item in the bagging area.' ARRGGH! Second-hand smoke? Or is it the self-righteous anti-smoking lobby? GRRR! The missed bus, the long queue, the computer forever crashing . . .break Murphy's Law, scratch crap's eyes out. F*CK OFF CANCER!Accentuate the positive, obliterate the negative. DON'T MESS WITH MISTER IN-BETWEEN!
The Compassionate Mind Approach To Postnatal Depression
By Michelle Cree
It is well-known that having a baby can be a time of joy but also one of anxiety and even depression for new mothers. Indeed it is very common for new mothers to experience a short period of distress following childbirth, often referred to as 'baby blues'. Usually this passes quite quickly, however for more than 1 in 10 women, this distressing experience can be more prolonged.This practical self-help book based on Compassion Focused Therapy will help women to recognise some of the symptoms and, where appropriate, to normalise them, thereby alleviating their distress. It will also guide mothers-to-be and new mothers through the maze of confusing feelings that can arise. Not only will this book cover the basic experiences and symptoms associated with anxiety and depression and childbirth, an evolutionary model of why this occurs, and an outline of the basic Compassionate Mind model, it will guide the reader through a series of exercises that they can use for themselves to develop their compassionate mind and work on their difficulties.
The Complete CBT Guide for Depression and Low Mood
By Lee Brosan, David Westbrook
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.Depression and low mood affect a significant portion of the general public. Sadly, those with depression often experience other problems such as low self-esteem, relationship problems and sleeping problems. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an extremely effective treatment for depression and low mood and is used widely in the NHS. The companion book to the popular Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety, this practical self-help book contains essential information about the nature of depression and covers a range of topics including insomnia, relationships, bipolar disorder and postnatal depression. It also provides information on some of the latest treatments such as Mindfulness, Behavioural Activation and Compassion-Focused Therapy. The chapters on individual techniques or problem areas are written by the leading experts in that field. Includes individual chapters on: Low self-esteem by Melanie Fennell Insomnia and sleep problems by Colin Espie Rumination by Ed Watkins Relationship problems by Donald Baucom Bipolar Disorder by Warren Mansell Depression in the elderly - Ken Laidlaw Postnatal Depression - Peter Cooper & Lynne Murray Depression and ill health - Stirling Moorey Behavioural Activation by David Richards Compassion - Paul Gilbert Mindfulness - Willem Kuyken & Halley Cohen Imagery - Ann Hackmann & Jon Wheatley
Communicating Across Dementia
By Stephen Miller
If someone close to you has dementia (Alzheimer's Disease is the most common type) you will know that communication gradually becomes more difficult and at times frustrating. This jargon-free book explains why this happens and how you have to rethink your whole approach by:Making key changes to the way you communicate Creating the right physical environment for good communication And bear in mind that communication in the broadest sense goes well beyond talking; there is also a wide range of non-verbal communication such as facial expression, posture and touch. The person with dementia in your life needs your help. This straightforward book will help you to acquire the knack for improving and facilitating communication that works in a wide variety of situations including: Improving conversationFinding stimulating activitiesDealing with challenging situationsMaking important decisionsReducing stress and agitationMoving into residential careThis book provides invaluable information for people helping to care for people with dementia at home and also those who do so as part of their job.
The CBT Handbook
By Pamela Myles, Roz Shafran
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is widely recommended nowadays in the NHS for the treatment of emotional and psychological problems, such as depression, low self-esteem, low mood, chronic anxiety, stress or out-of-control anger. This thorough yet easy-to-read general self-help guide is a must-have for anyone experiencing these common problems. Based on the popular and proven therapy CBT, it is written by two of the UK's leading experts in the field of CBT.It contains:Case studies and step-by-step CBT-based exercises.Based on the very latest research into CBT.Addresses problems associated with depression, anxiety, stress, anger and low self-esteem inindividual chapters.Both for those suffering from these issues and clinicians.
By Matthew Johnstone
There are few better ways to consciously slow down and truly engage with your surroundings than when you are armed with a camera. With Capturing Mindfulness, de-stressing and being in the moment needn't be limited to simple diary-keeping and fill-in journals; instead you can capture it with your lens. Bestselling author Matthew Johnstone's latest book Capturing Mindfulness, is a natural follow on from his last book Quiet the Mind which came out in 2012.Matthew has been practicing what he terms 'photopresent' for the last 15 years and believes that next to meditation, this is one of the most creative and enjoyable ways to attain mindfulness in day-to-day life. The very essence of photography; after all, is all about focus and capturing 'the moment'.Matthew is fascinated by light, colour, composition and most importantly how he can see the world differently. For him, having camera in your hands is the reminder to consciously slow everything down from your breath, to your walk, to your thoughts and begin to really observe your surroundings as if seeing them for the first time.Mindfulness photography is about seeing something that no one else can, capturing something that will never happen again and finding beauty where it doesn't typically exist. When we become more consciously aware of where we are, what we're doing and what we're thinking, life can become calmer, more enjoyable and generally more manageable.
The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress
By Maureen Cooper
Stress is an unavoidable part of life that we will all encounter at various times in our lives, be it due to a one-off event such as losing a job or the break-up of a relationship, or from facing long-term difficulties such as working in a stressful environment or caring for someone who is ill. How well we deal with stress will influence the extent to which it affects our lives. In this ground-breaking book, Maureen Cooper explains why we are designed to respond to stress in a certain way and why this can even be helpful at times. She goes on to explain, using practical examples and techniques, what we can do to change our stress response if it becomes overstimulated, thereby improving our sense of control and wellbeing. This self-help book is based on the Compassionate Mind Approach, which has been developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, a clinical psychologist who is internationally renowned for his research and clinical work on depression. The Compassionate Mind Approach combines proven, research-based Western therapy techniques such as CBT with Mindfulness, Tibetan Buddhist practices and recent research on human development and studies of the brain.
Caribbean Cookery Secrets
By David Daley, Gwendolyn Daley
Discover the secrets of Caribbean cooking: the methods and ingredients needed to create that authentic Caribbean taste. Embark on a journey around the different islands of the Caribbean and find out how to make the most popular dishes, such as Jerk Chicken with rice and peas, and Curry Goat, as well as the different islands' celebrated national dishes, such as Fish Chowder and Pepper Pot Stew.
By M.J. Trow
When Cleopatra took the throne of the kingdom of Egypt, the pyramids and Sphinx were already ancient wonders. As queen she faced conquest by a new, all-powerful empire. A Ptolemy, descended from a general of Alexander the Great who conquered the Nile as part of his Macedonian lands, her relationship with Mark Anthony has become one of the legendary love stories in history. Trow draws on recent archaeological finds and fresh interpretations of ancient texts to separate truth from myth and set this incomparably beautiful queen in context.
The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety
By Lee Brosan, Peter Cooper, Roz Shafran
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store.A highly respectable and authoritative self-help guide on all the anxiety disorders: generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, panic, phobias, social anxiety, OCD.Edited by three leading CBT clinicians in the UK, this comprehensive guide offers individual CBT-based treatments for a wide range of anxiety problems. Each individual treatment reflects current the treatment in the UK for that anxiety disorder and is written by the clinician responsible for developing that treatment in the first place.Contributors include:Lars-Goran Ost (phobias)Dr Gillian Butler (social phobia - Gillian is the author of Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness) Anke Ehlers & Jennifer Wild (PTSD)Nick Grey & David M. Clark (panic disorder)Heather Hadjistavropoulos (health anxiety)Kevin Meares & Mark Freeston (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) Roz Shafran & Adam Radomsky (OCD)An ideal resource not only for those experiencing anxiety problems, but CBT therapists and IAPT workers.
The Complete Guide to Overcoming Traumatic Stress (ebook bundle)
By Ann Wetmore, Claudia Herbert, John Marzillier
Terrible events are very hard to deal with. Those who go through a catastrophic life experience, such as a car accident, assault, long-term abuse, an illness or bereavement, often feel permanently changed by the impact of what has happened. They become numb and shut off from those around them, or grief or guilt may constantly weigh them down. Memories of horrifying scenes may intrude unexpectedly during waking hours while sleep may be disturbed by vivid, unpleasant dreams. These two practical guides on trauma and how to cope with its aftermath are written by internationally recognise trauma experts.Overcoming Traumatic Stress - Claudia Herbert & Ann WetmoreBased on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), this self-help guide offers a step-by-step programme to help you to understand your traumatic experience and how it's affecting you, and to start to rebuild your life. Traumatic stress responses, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) result from a person's coping mechanisms having been completely overwhelmed by a terrible experience. 'Flashbacks' may be so severe that sufferers may feel that they are losing their sanity and subsequently become ever more isolated in their distress. To overcome the effects of trauma it is necessary to change those reactions and begin to see events in a different light. This book demonstrates, with practical advice and tested exercises, how to find new, effective ways of coping with, and finally overcoming traumatic stress.To Hell and Back - John MarzillierIn this innovative and engaging book, world-renowned psychologist John Marzillier dovetails first-hand accounts from trauma sufferers with over 40 years of clinical practice to provide an honest, human description of how trauma affects us at the time and also after the event.Whether discussing accounts of terrorist bombings, natural disasters, road accidents or physical attacks, he looks at what these experiences do to us and offers practical and consoling advice - for both sufferers and their loved ones - on coping with the experience and developing resilience for the future.
The Complete Guide to Overcoming Eating Disorders, Perfectionism and Low Self-Esteem (ebook bundle)
By Christopher Freeman, Constance Barter, Melanie Fennell, Peter Cooper, Roz Shafran, Sarah Egan, Tracey Wade
Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge and disordered eating, affect a significant proportion of the general population. They can cause untold suffering to those with the disorder, and those around them, who find themselves at a loss how to help their loved one. For the first time, this unique bundle combines hope and inspiration to those experiencing eating disorders either first-hand or up close. Includes: self-help programmes for the eating disorders and the inspirational diary of recovery written by an ex-sufferer of Anorexia Nervosa, now a Youth Ambassador for Beat, the Eating Disorders association.Includes the following: Overcoming Anorexia Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa & Binge-Eating Overcoming Perfectionism Overcoming Low Self-Esteem Mealtimes & Milestones