Beat De­pres­sion and Im­prove Your Re­la­tion­ships with In­ter­per­sonal Psy­chother­apy

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Cindy Good­man Stul­berg, Ron­ald J. Frey New World Li­brary (NOVEM­BER) Soft­cover $17.95 (304pp) 978-1-60868-568-4

Feel­ing Bet­ter shows how pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships trans­form lives.

The book be­gins with a rev­e­la­tory as­ser­tion that seems al­most com­mon­sense: re­la­tion­ships are the key to hap­pi­ness. But the wis­dom in the book is any­thing but com­mon­place. It de­fies con­ven­tional no­tions of what brings hap­pi­ness and what drives a healthy life: wealth, so­cial sta­tus, ca­reer suc­cess.

Cindy Good­man Stul­berg and Ron­ald J. Frey, who are both psy­chol­o­gists, help their au­di­ence—any­one who wants to im­prove their life— learn to com­mu­ni­cate, iden­tify and im­prove their in­ter­per­sonal styles, man­age ex­pec­ta­tions, and make con­scious de­ci­sions about time and re­la­tion­ships. The ben­e­fits are com­pelling and re­al­is­tic: strong mar­riages, bal­anced chil­dren, im­proved eat­ing habits, and disease pre­ven­tion.

The en­cour­ag­ing, clear voice of the book em­pow­ers its read­ers, and the prac­ti­cal el­e­ments make real change seem pos­si­ble. These in­clude an over­all week-by-week ap­proach to change, ap­proach­able real-life sto­ries, step-by-step in­struc­tions, pow­er­ful ques­tions, check­lists, and af­firm­ing bite-sized pep talks in the mar­gins. This mul­ti­fac­eted ap­proach en­gages all kinds of peo­ple, re­gard­less of their ex­pe­ri­ence, back­ground, or learn­ing style.

For those who have ben­e­fited from in-per­son psy­chother­apy, it may seem far­fetched that a book could carry the same ben­e­fits. Still, through its adept teach­ing and en­cour­age­ment, this book is a means for mo­ti­vated peo­ple to change them­selves, fos­ter re­la­tion­ships, and find hap­pi­ness. Along­side their ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise, the au­thors demon­strate a deep com­pas­sion for peo­ple who are strug­gling and long­ing for more. Their pos­i­tive “start from where you are” ap­proach builds emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and re­la­tional skills with dig­nity and re­spect.

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