Words like this affect the way we feel and act. Such negative talk leads to fear, anxiety, depression and a ‘why bother’ attitude.
Rethink it! gives practical advice on tackling destructive thoughts that lead to anger, rejection, shame, jealousy, fear and worry.
Rethink it! is a self-improvement tool kit that can be dipped into and doesn’t have to be read from cover to cover.
Learn how to be more assertive, improve your communication, have better relationships and even overcome blushing.
Michael Cohen is a London therapist with 30 years of experience and is bestselling author of The Power of Accepting Yourself.
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What Readers Say…
“Jargon-free, accessible, focused and helpful. This book is full of practical and easy to follow exercises to help challenge the negative thinking in which we all engage. It shows you practical ways to change old, unhealthy behaviour patterns and apply them to specific problems like anxiety, depression, shame, blushing, jealousy, smoking and much more. Michael Cohen has taken the trouble to explain the concepts and methods clearly and simply. No wading through hefty tomes to get to the point in this book. It’s all here, clearly laid out and waiting to be applied. The author seems to have condensed 28 years of his experience as a therapist into this brilliant, little book with simple, easy to follow exercises to help you help yourself.”
“I purchased this book as I wanted some help in easy to understand clear speak.
I’m often put off by huge books that basically have a few good points and are then padded out with chapter upon chapter of rubbish that I don’t need or want or is written in such a way that I need a dictionary to understand it.
The author (Michael Cohen) seems to be targeting people like me who want to have help from someone who really understands people in today’s society. The current needs and challenges that life throws at you can sometimes result in stress and negativity that I want to rid myself of that this book is really helping me with!
I would happily and readily recommend this to family, friends and work colleagues.”
“Rethink it!” is a superbly-written tool kit for anyone hoping to overcome problems of anger, depression, jealousy and other emotional maladies. It is written by Michael Cohen, who authored the bestseller “The Power of Accepting Yourself.” “Rethink it!” teaches the reader how to transform his or her thinking and behavior — and therefore how to transform dysfunctional emotions into healthy, rational emotions. This book is especially enjoyable and beneficial for the average, lay reader.
There are several factors that I particularly like about this book. First, it is indeed practical. Michael Cohen goes out of his way to write in a clear and entertaining way. He frequently enumerates (1,2,3,4,…) the precise steps you need to take to surmount a specific psychological block or affliction. This might be a problem with dieting or smoking or drug abuse. He even covers such issues as fear of blushing, fear of embarrassment, panic attacks, and common phobias like agoraphobia (page 49). He also reveals his own techniques for relaxation and staying at peace with yourself — techniques which do not depend on any particular religious belief or affiliation. The book is applicable to literally anyone. Cohen reiterates the phrase “Rethink it!” throughout the text of the book to encourage the reader to reevaluate bad psychological habits and to fix them. He shows you exactly how to accomplish your behavioral and emotional goals.
Yet another factor I loved about this book was Cohen’s explanations as to how and why we develop psychiatric issues to begin with. Cohen describes how today’s dysfunctional emotions may have been, at one point in human history, beneficial or even life-saving (page 22). But Cohen points out why today’s modern society no longer requires us to suffer death-like fears about what are, today, non-threatening situations, such as social disapproval. I must say that I found Cohen’s explanations much more plausible and satisfying than a lot of Freud’s wild and complicated speculation about the origin of human emotional suffering. But as Cohen points out here and elsewhere: the origin of your problem is not as important as the cure — a cure which this book provides to those willing to employ its suggestions.
Page 85 begins a brief section on what Cohen calls “practicing mindfulness.” As in other parts of the book, Cohen details how to concentrate on the moment at hand and on your empirical surroundings, rather than focusing fruitlessly on vague anxieties about “dangers” that will never actually occur.
I have never met Michael Cohen. But I know from roundabout observation that he is a man who definitely practices what he preaches. He is a kind, generous man of a peaceful, happy demeanor. To me, this gives additional credibility to the advice presented in this outstanding book. Another well-earned five stars for Michael Cohen and “Rethink it!”
David Mills, Huntington, West Virginia