Negative Thoughts Happen: How To Find Your Inner Ally When Your Inner Critic Shows Up

New Harbinger. Jan. 2024. 200p. ISBN 9781648482250. pap. SELF-HELP
For those who have an inner critic inside their head that is always chiming in, Garcia takes her years of experience as a therapist and uses concepts and skills from acceptance and commitment therapy to help readers deal with those negative thoughts. Instead of proffering the usual positive affirmations found in other self-help texts, Garcia helps users evaluate and get to the root of their negative thoughts. She also provides suggestions for handling these thoughts and listening to one’s inner ally. Garcia provides great insight into how the mind works, how negative thoughts can be useful, and what skills to develop to change one’s responses. Easy to read with a personal feel and relatable examples, the book is split into two parts and features a table of contents and a references section; each chapter ends with helpful reflection exercises that explore the chapter’s lessons.
VERDICT This is a good book for those interested in self-help, psychology, and guided exercises to gain new insights about themselves.
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