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The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up For Yourself at Work and in Relationships

Author: Randy J. Paterson. New Harbinger (2000). If you feel guilty saying ‘no’ to unreasonable requests or shy away from expressing your needs and opinions; if you find yourself passively going along with the crowd instead of doing what you want; or if you find yourself exploding angrily after long periods of holding your tongue, […]

Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again

Authors: Jeffrey E. Young and Janet S. Klosko. Plume (1994). Why am I always choosing partners who are no good for me? Why can’t I say no without feeling guilty? Why do I always feel like what I do is never good enough? Questions like these and the problems they cause are often the result […]

The Role of Attachment in Infancy on Later Mental and Physical Health

The opening line from an award-winning video (see below) produced by two Ryerson University psychology students says it all when it comes to the importance of mental health: “It’s not possible to talk about health without including mental health.” Approximately 1 in every 5 Canadians experiences a mental health issue at some point in their […]

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

Authors: Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. Guilford Press (1995). Mind over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think is a classic among cognitive therapy workbooks. The world renowned and highly accomplished clinician-authors present step-by-step instructions to help readers learn to cope with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, shame, low self-esteem […]

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Authors: Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney. Penguin Press (2011). Every once in a while a book comes along that really helps to make sense of why things happen as they do. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength is one of them. Drawing from decades of social psychology research, psychologist Roy F. Baumeister and journalist […]

Understanding Depression

Almost everyone uses the words “I’m depressed” to describe how they are feeling from time to time. However, used in this way what it means is often unclear, referring to anything from feeling down or ‘blue’ to being stressed or run down. It is often the way people describe their feelings when they are not […]

The Trouble With Automatic Thoughts

When we begin working with new clients, the psychologists at Shift Cognitive Therapy focus first on identifying why problems are occurring. A significant component of this process involves teaching clients to appreciate their patterns of automatic thinking. We have some control over our thoughts (if you want proof, go ahead and think of something, then […]

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