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  Introducing New Zealand's 4th book on
 
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
 

Taking Control
manage stress to get
the most out of life

by Wayne Froggatt

Published by HarperCollins, Auckland, 2006

With an introduction by Professor Stephen Palmer, City University, London.

Taking Control presents a new approach to personal control and stress management based on Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, in particular, REBT's application to personal development and workplace issues known as Rational Effectiveness Training.

Why another book on stress management?

After all, aren't there enough already? Well, the problem is, many people read books on stress management, or do (often expensive) training seminars, but fail to put into practice what they have learned. The author has counselled with many people who have learned how to manage their time, assert themselves, relax or problem-solve - but gave up using their new skills within a short time.

This is where Taking Control comes in. As you will see from the chapter listings below, Taking Control covers the same ground (and more) as do many other stress management books; but goes further to show why people give up - and, more importantly, how the blocks can be overcome using the principles of Rational Effectiveness Training.

Most significantly, Taking Control shows how you can take personal control over the most important aspect of your life: you. When you have control over your own emotions and responses, you will have a much better chance of taking control over your life in general.

What you will  find in Taking Control

PART ONE: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

  • What does it mean to be out of control?

  • What is out of control for you?

  • Why does it happen?

  • Taking control: first steps

PART TWO: CONTROL OVER YOUR MIND AND EMOTIONS

  • What is rational thinking?
  • How to apply rational thinking
  • Worrying: when your brain has a mind of its own
  • Anger: who controls who?

PART THREE: CONTROL OVER YOUR BODY

  • Healthy living: make your own prescription
  • Tension: to take control, let go
  • Sleep: how to make it happen

PART FOUR: CONTROL OVER YOUR LIFE

  • Goals: know where your life is going
  • Other people: you cant control them, but
  • Relationships: how to find support without losing yourself
  • Time: do whats important to you
  • Money: who owns you?
  • Change: you cant stop it, but you can steer it
  • Balance: is there enough in your life?
  • Problems: when they come, know what to do
  • Your job: personal control in the workplace
  • Help: how to find it

EXTRAS

  • Life Control Options Questionnaire
  • Sleep Log
  • Sleep Questionnaire
  • Assertiveness Questionnaire
  • Time Control Questionnaire
  • Professional Books and Articles
  • Comprehensive Index to help you find what you want quickly
  • Endnotes to aid with further research

How to obtain Taking Control

  • In New Zealand or Australia, you can purchase from bookstores that sell self-help literature (eg. Whitcoulls, PaperPlus, London Bookshop, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, etc.)
  • Internationally, you can purchase Taking Control right from the internet - go to the BookShop.
  • Published by HarperCollins New Zealand, Auckland, 2006. ISBN 1 86950 582 4. 384 Pages.

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