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Book Review: “Don’t Believe Everything You Feel”

Written By: Dr. Iris Leung

Disclaimer: All following is presented as personal opinion and does not mean to be medical advice nor in anyway to be an endorsement. 

“Don’t Believe Everything You Feel” by Robert Leahy

“Don’t Believe Everything You Feel” by Robert Leahy is a self-help workbook with an abundance of practical takeaways for readers seeking effective ways to navigate and overcome anxiety and depression through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Here are some specific highlights:

1. Identification of Emotional Schemas: Leahy guides readers through the process of identifying and understanding their emotional schemas—deep-seated patterns of thinking and responding that shape emotional experiences. By recognizing these ingrained thought patterns and systems of self-belief, readers learn to approach the root causes of their anxiety and depression.

2. Hands-On Exercises for Self-Reflection: The workbook format also encourages active engagement, fostering self-reflection and enabling individuals to participate in their own healing and growth. Readers are prompted with insightful exercises that range from thought-provoking journaling to behavior-tracking activities.

3. Systematic Approach to Emotional Well-Being: Leahy takes a systematic approach, beginning with foundational concepts prior to introducing readers to more advanced strategies. Starting with the basics of understanding emotions, the book gradually progresses through deeper aspects of emotional well-being. This step-by-step structure ensures that readers build a strong self-help starting point before delving into more complex therapeutic techniques.

4. Applicability Beyond Anxiety and Depression: While the workbook primarily focuses on anxiety and depression, Leahy’s principles are versatile and can be applied to a broader range of emotional challenges. Readers may find the tools and strategies beneficial for addressing an array of emotional struggles en route to improving overall mental well-being.

5. Promotion of Active Learning: Leahy encourages the application of CBT techniques into his readers’ daily lives and emphasizes how insights gained from the book are not only theoretical, but also able to be translated into real-world strategies for emotional regulation and self-understanding.

6. Empowerment and Control: The overarching theme of the book is individual empowerment. By understanding the role of emotional schemas and actively engaging with CBT exercises, readers are empowered to take control of their emotional lives. Ultimately, the book instills a sense of agency in readers by teaching them how to reshape their responses to emotions and break free from the grips of anxiety and depression.

In essence, “Don’t Believe Everything You Feel” provides readers with a wealth of theoretical knowledge and equips them with pragmatic tools to navigate the complexities of their emotions more effectively.