Cognitive Behavioral Therapy : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Jason M. Satterfield
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Why is it so hard to lose weight, stop smoking, or establish healthy habits? Why do couples argue about the same issues over and over? Why do so many people lie awake at night, stricken with worry and anxiety? Why is it so difficult to come to terms with a loved one's death, even if it's after a long illness?
The answers to these questions - and the path to lasting change in your life - lie in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioral research, CBT is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life.
In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. You will explore CBT's roots in Socratic and stoic philosophy, build a toolkit of CBT techniques, and hear about the latest research about its outcomes. Additionally this intriguing and practical course allows you to take on the role of medical student, physician, psychologist, and patient.
Throughout the course you'll explore issues that cause people to seek out therapy. In some cases you'll get to hear Dr. Satterfield working with a patient, and in others you'll be delving into research to find what causes issues and how CBT helps to resolve them.
Everyone has something about their life that they would like to improve. With the tools in CBT and the desire to make your situation better, you can create lasting change in your life.


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Customer Reviews

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Total waste of time

What disappointed you about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

This book is extremely broad and has no depth at all. The title "Techniques for Retraining Your Brain" is total garbage. It gives you surface level knowledge of a range of ailments. A quick Wikipedia search for each of these different ailments would be much quicker and much more fruitful.

From this book I was expecting to learn how to recognize negative thoughts, and then learn strategies to rationalize them so they aren't debilitating to one's mood or self-esteem. I got none of this. Here is a breakdown of each lecture:

-This is what depression is.
-This is how many people it affects.
-CBT can help with this. (But no information on HOW)
-Here's a really boring example of a patient talking about depression.
-Here's more surface level information about depression BUT NO COGNITIVE STRATEGIES to deal with it.
-Replace depression with whatever other ailment he's talking about in a different lecture and you have the whole course summed up.

I can't seem to grasp why anyone would see this as useful unless you're in an extremely low state and just need something to get you out of bed. Perhaps this could be that push to get some meaningful help?

I'm reading "Feeling Good" right now by David Burns and the first 10% of this book gives more information than this whole "course".

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Talk about COGNITIONS!

Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Jason M. Satterfield’s performances?

Definitely not.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


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- Dan

A solid introduction to CBT

The Author/Narrator has a very kind tenor, this guides the entire course. The course is systematic, switching from symptom to symptom to break up any monotony. Numerous cases and recordings from actual therapy sessions are used as the primary teaching tool throughout the course. This provides context for the ideas and techniques being presented. This is an over arching introduction into what a course of CBT may look like. If you are interested in learning more about psychology in general, and in being exposed to techniques to help with the turmoil of life, this is a good start.
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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2015
  • Publisher: The Great Courses