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Table Of Contents

Finding what you need in this book
The publishing business and self-help books
The neglect of prevention by books and institutions
Why should self-help psychology be given away? How can it be?
Our attitude towards "self-help" will influence the future of humanity
Summary
STEPS IN SELF-HELP
Table 2.1: Problem Check List
Table 2.3: Analysis of Problem into Parts and Possible Solutions
VALUES AND MORALS: GUIDELINES FOR LIVING
Why We Need Values and Morals
Why it is hard to deal with values
The Golden Rule
BEING GOOD IS HARD
Writing Your Own Philosophy of Life
Kohlberg's stages of moral development
Are women's values different from men's values?
Selecting your guiding principles
Self-centered vs. others-centered
Conscience and Escape From One's Own Conscience
Other guidelines for living
Examples of philosophies of life
Becoming helpful yourself
BEHAVIOR, MOTIVATION, AND SELF-CONTROL
Classical conditioning
Reinforcement
MOTIVATION
Learned industriousness
Positive addiction
MANAGING DIFFICULT BEHAVIOR
Behavioral blocks and getting unstuck
Controlling simple habits
PLANNING BEHAVIORAL CHANGES
REVIEW OF METHODS FOR CONTROLLING BEHAVIORS
COMPLETING YOUR SELF-HELP PLAN
SIGNS OF STRESS
THEORIES EXPLAINING STRESS AND ANXIETY
WAYS OF HANDLING STRESS AND ANXIETY
Summary of How To Handle Stress, Anxiety and Fears
TREATMENT OF SPECIFIC ANXIETY-BASED PROBLEMS
Panic attacks and agoraphobia
Obsessions and compulsions
Personality, emotions, and health
Psychosomatic and physical disorders
DEPRESSION AND SELF-CONCEPT
HISTORY AND GENDER FACTORS IN DEPRESSION
The Signs of Depression
THEORIES ABOUT THE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
Helplessness and hopelessness
Irrational ideas
Unreasonable thinking and faulty conclusions
Self-critical withdrawal
Anger turned inward
Guilt
Unmet dependency
Impossible goals or no goals
Summary of the Causes of Depression and How to Use Them
SAD TIMES OF OUR LIVES
Death
Thoughts of suicide
Loneliness
Guilt and Regret
What to do about Destructive Guilt
Shame
METHODS FOR COPING WITH DEPRESSION
ANGER AND AGGRESSION
Anger and Aggression
INTRODUCTION
Recognizing Anger
HIDDEN ANGER
How angry are you?
A case of jealous anger
We dislike people who are different
Internal Dynamics of Aggression
Psychoanalysis
ANGER IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
DISTRUSTING OTHERS
Integration: Does it reduce prejudice?
METHODS FOR HANDLING OUR OWN AGGRESSION/ANGER
DEALING WITH An AGGRESSIVE PERSON
Recommended reading
If you are the victim of violence or bullying
Social-educational solutions to violence
DEPENDENCY AND CONFORMITY
Definition of terms
Conformity
Love and dependency
Traditional roles and The Women's Movement
Dependency in marriage
Feeling inferior and super responsible at the same time
Women are making progress
Assertiveness and Excuses For Not Acting
BREAKING AWAY FROM PARENTS
How do we learn best? The personal growth model
EXTREME DEPENDENCY AND PATHOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS
UNDERSTANDING THE PARTS OF OUR PERSONALITY
Theories Of Development: Becoming a Person
TRAITS OF A MATURE, SELF-ACTUALIZING PERSON
Specific traits of a mature, self-actualizing person
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Why are so many relationships unhappy?
Put downs of one's self
Self-deception: excuses and self-handicapping
The relationships within a family
The Family
COMMON INTERPERSONAL PROBLEMS AND NEEDED SKILLS
Fear of approaching someone
Handling the first few minutes
Empathy responding
SUSTAINING LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS
Sustaining A Long-term Relationship
Being "taken for granted"
Resolving conflicts
Control by others; control of others
Unconscious controlling of others
Driving each other crazy
COMPETITION AND FEELING SUPERIOR TO OTHERS
More male-female differences
Chauvinism
Chauvinism as a nation
Chauvinism in the schools
Chauvinism at work
DATING, LOVE, MARRIAGE, AND SEX
Kinds of lovers
Do men and women love differently?
Is it true love?
CAN MARITAL SUCCESS BE PREDICTED AND IMPROVED?
HANDLING MARITAL PROBLEMS
Destructive communication in marriage
Resolving marital conflicts
Unfaithfulness
Lessons from lasting marriages
ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF HELP WITH MARITAL PROBLEMS
The pain of divorce
SEX...AND CULTURAL TABOOS
Masturbation
CHOOSING YOUR SEXUAL LIFE STYLE
PREMARITAL SEX...THE SITUATION
Lack of sexual interest
HOMOSEXUALITY
METHODS FOR CHANGING BEHAVIOR
Increase intrinsic satisfaction
Self-punishment
METHODS OF CHANGING EMOTIONS
REDUCING UNWANTED EMOTIONS
Meditation
Desensitization
Stress-inoculation: Self-instructions and coping imagery
GETTING IT OFF YOUR CHEST
ADDITIONAL METHODS
Distractions
Change the environment and use reinforcement
Practice, practice, practice
Massage
Drugs
Biofeedback
Skills
Cognitive approaches
Values
Paradoxical intentions
METHODS FOR DEVELOPING SKILLS
Role-playing and behavior rehearsal
LISTENING AND EMPATHY RESPONDING
ASSERTIVENESS TRAINING
"I" MESSAGES
Expressing anger constructively; Fair fighting
SELF-DISCLOSURE AND OPENNESS
CHECKING OUT OUR INTERPERSONAL HUNCHES
SOCIAL, CONVERSATIONAL, AND DATING SKILLS
HELPING SKILLS
DECISION-MAKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING
TIME MANAGEMENT
STUDY AND READING METHODS
Personal financing and budgeting
PERSUATION AND WINNING COOPERATION
Persuasion and winning cooperation
Changing our self-concept and building self-esteem
Challenging irrational ideas (Rational-Emotive therapy)
Trying a new life style (Fixed Role Therapy)
INCREASING MOTIVATION
STRAIGHT THINKING, COMMON SENSE, AND GOOD ARGUMENTS
DEVELOPING ATTITUDES THAT HELP YOU COPE
SELF-HYPNOSIS AND MENTAL IMAGERY
METHODS FOR GAINING INSIGHT INTO OURSELVES
BECOMING OPEN-MINDED
SELF-AWARENESS
SELF-UNDERSTANDING
SELF-ANALYSIS
Feedback from others
Reframing
LET THE BODY TALK (FOCUSING)
Free association and word association test
CATHARSIS AND ABREACTION
Early memories
DREAM ANALYSIS
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