Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Book Review - The Pocket Therapist

"Sometimes when life hands you lemons, it's harder to make lemonade than that cheery notion suggests. In more trying situations, the initial urge may be to use said lemon as a projectile weapon aimed at the source of frustration. The Pocket Therapist is a book for those lemon-lauching moments in life."

That description sets the tone for the entire book. With 144 techniques to help cope with anxiety, conflicts, and just life in general. Each of the techniques are designed to help us cope with the negative thinking patterns that so many of us encounter often leading us to feel defeated in our own minds.

I really enjoyed the writing style in this book, it was a pleasant mix of honesty, sarcasm and cynicism with a sprinkle of hope. The book was full of very useful techniques, all of which are common sense but often difficult to implement into our lives. With the amount of people living fast paced lifestyles and the increase of people living with anxiety disorders this book has a handy collection of tips to help remind us that we are indeed only human and sometimes we have to know when to just let go of the lemon and take a breath.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy to review for my honest opinion and was not given any other monetary payment. I am an Amazon Associate so clicking on the link above may result in compensation if purchases are made. Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy and to the Product Review Place for connecting me with this company.

42 comments:

  1. I would love this book because I would get a lot of use out of it. Since I'm graduating in a couple weeks, and am still looking for a job...I think I'm going to hit a few bumps in the road.

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  2. There are always rough spots on the road of life. This will be useful for myself and my teenage children. Words and stories of inspriation will go a long way.
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  7. I would love to win this book because positive thinking about difficult situations does not come naturally to me. I would love to learn how to retrain my thinking to deal with problems in a more positive light!

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  9. I would like to win this book, because I grew up in a abusive home, and I am just now coming to terms with it.
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  11. I should win because I love self help books!

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  12. Sometimes I want answers without asking my shrink.

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    I HAVE COME THROUGH 3 THINGS IN MY LIFE THAT I DID NOT WANT TO FACE...BUT THEY CAME ANYWAY AND I HANDLED THEM AS BEST AS I COULD...BUT I THINK THIS BOOK WOULD HAVE HELPED

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  14. I would like to have this book so I could learn some new coping skills

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  15. This sounds like a good book to keep in your car or purse for those moments when you need a little guidance!
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  16. I would like this book so that I can stash it above the visor in my car and read a few paragraphs when I'm INEVITABLY waiting for whoever I'm picking up to FINALLY be ready!

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  17. I would love this book because I need pocket thereapy...so badly!

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  18. I want to win because I need some therapy, but don't have the money to pay for it! A book is right up my alley!

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  19. I would like to win this because I need to learn techniques to deal with some tough times.

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  20. I'd like to win this book because I could use something to help me get out of bad moods, ruts, and funks. I have a tendency to over think and expect the worst.

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  21. I would like to win because it would be nice to have that little extra help to get you through those difficult situations or awkward times

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  25. It would be easier to carry this around than the couch and therapist I drag behind me at all times now.

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  26. I'm very left of center so to speak and so could do with winning this.

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  27. I'd love to win this for my boyfriend, because he NEEDS it! LOL! Seriously he just loves this kind of stuff. Please count me in. Thank you!

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  28. Everyone needs a little therapy, I'd love to read this, thanks!

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  29. I would love to win this because I have been very stressed lately. Thanks.

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  30. Oh this book would be perfect for my live right now... sucking lemons has made my lips pucker!

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  31. I could use a quick pick me up :)

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  32. I would like to keep this in my pocket!

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  33. In my office we try to make lemonaide, but maybe we WOULD be better served to make projectiles.

    I would love this book because I don't have time for an hour therapist. I need a quick flip.

    I've looked this up on amazon and it has good reviews. Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love finding new books.

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  34. i would like to win this because i can't afford a therapist

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  35. I'd love to win this book becaues I could use a little therapy right now and I want to find out "144 techniques to help cope with anxiety, conflicts, and just life in general"
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  36. This would be great for me to have around while my family faces my husbands cancer treatments. thanks for the contest!
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  38. I would love to win this book because it seems like it would come in handy every now and again.

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