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.
The bottom line is this: if you're a human, I recommend that you read this book.
I loved it ... I have drawn my own picture of the change triangle.
What is unique in this book is Hendel's mission to take psychotherapeutic tools and present and rework them in a way that can be used by individuals . . . like Penn and Teller showing us how a magic trick is really done . . . she is able to translate the method in ways that individuals can use for themselves . . . the genius of this book is converting formal psychotherapeutic strategies into a self-help toolbox