The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (英语) 平装 – 2007年6月21日
Mark Williams, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. With Drs. Segal and Teasdale, he authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, a bestselling book for professionals.
John Teasdale, PhD, has held senior research appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and in the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Zindel Segal, PhD, is the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto and Head of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a bestselling author, scientist, and meditation teacher. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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This book will not solve your problems or cure your depression. It will however give you the guidance you may need to help yourself deal with the depression you feel and keep you from spiraling downward. It will take time, commitment and some patience with yourself. You have to be willing.
I liked the friendly, compassionate way the book guides you through the various exercises and explains how and why our mind works as it does, and how cognitivie patterns can lead to unhappiness. The CD was good but it would have been nice to have a few extra exercises (meditations) beyond what is offered, such as coping with difficulty, cultivating kindness and compassion, or even variations on the basic themes offered by the book. No offense, Jon, but I cannot take hearing your voice leading me through the Body Scan every day for weeks on end! (I actually alternated the meditations on the CD with those from the other Mindfulness book co-authored and narrated by Mark Williams, available online. That Body Scan was about half the length of this one).
One suggestion for the next edition, and for those espousing and teaching mindfulness in general: how about offering the fidgety among us practices for more active mindful movement, e.g. walking, jogging or rowing? Some of us can only take so much sitting and lying, or gentle yoga. I personally do much of my mindfulness training while Nordic walking, and find it to be a very good way to quiet my mind and also release stress, which sometimes accumulates when I am forced to be inactive for too long a time.
All in all a recommended read for those of us battling depression in whatever form it takes.