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Julie Sarkissian blogs about the problems facing the protagnist of her debut novel, DEAR LUCY

Something's Wrong With Lucy - But What?

Lucy is different – that much is clear. She speaks like a child, doesn’t recognize social boundaries, flies into rages, and treasures rotten food. Her cognition is impaired, her vocabulary is very limited and she cannot read or write. But what – precisely – is wrong with her is left up to the reader. Lucy is the protagonist of my novel, DEAR LUCY, and from the first sentence of the book I ever wrote it was obvious that Lucy was cognitively different. The way Lucy describes herself is as “missing too many words.” Her mother calls her “difficult.” Readers of early drafts of the book had a few theories as to Lucy’s condition; autism, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome. But Lucy’s mother has kept her from going to school and Lucy has never seen a doctor. So in the fictional reality of the book there is no official diagnosis. But as the novel progressed I wondered – should I have one? I was torn. If Lucy was presenting enough symptoms to point to a real condition, was I ignoring the obvious not to fold that condition into my development of her character? Was it insensitive of me to allude to aspects of certain real, life-altering conditions but not assign a specific condition to Lucy? I worried about appropriating aspects of serious conditions without treating those conditions with proper respect and acknowledgement. And though any clinical diagnosis would probably not be explicit in the novel, I wondered if I would be ignoring an opportunity to bring attention to a real disorder when people asked me about Lucy’s condition, the way The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did for autism. On the other hand, I had concerns that if I chose a diagnosis for Lucy, I would be ascribing to her qualities that she wouldn’t have otherwise presented. Lucy had her own will over my writing and over the novel. I didn’t want to yoke Lucy’s expression by keeping her behavior and abilities consistent with a clinical condition. Accuracy would also become a critical issue if Lucy’s condition was named. Ultimately I chose not to diagnose Lucy, though I worry the artistic freedom provided by that decision comes at the price of being judged for being too liberal with my treatment of cognitive disorders. Now that publication is a few months away, I am apprehensive of how my treatment of Lucy’s cognitive limitations will be judged. I have yet to talk to a reader who has a learning different child, or works with learning different people, and that conversation is one I will be honored, and not a bit anxious, to have.

Teach Yourself

CBT Good Habit Journal

Christine Wilding, Gill Hasson
Authors:
Christine Wilding, Gill Hasson

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is now hugely popular as a self-help technique that has helped millions of people in the UK alone, and as an NHS-funded treatment for illnesses like depression. It is recommended by healthcare professionals for the treatment of issues from anxiety and eating disorders to stress and anger management.This fun and interactive journal combines practical learning-focused actions with interactive features which will help develop good habits, build confidence and apply CBT in your day-to-day life. Encouraging you to participate in the learning process and measure your progress, you can advance through the book in a linear or non-linear fashion, completing activities in their own time and having fun all the way.Journaling is a wonderful way to clarify your thoughts and feelings and get to know yourself better. It can help to reduce stress, solve problems more effectively, resolve disagreements with others and gain perspective. Most importantly, it is a great way to develop good habits through incremental learning and self-discovery.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

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The CBT Workbook

Stephanie Fitzgerald
Authors:
Stephanie Fitzgerald
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Beat Low Self-Esteem With CBT

Christine Wilding, Stephen Palmer
Authors:
Christine Wilding, Stephen Palmer

A TOOLKIT FOR IMPROVING YOUR SELF ESTEEM WITH CBTHealthy self esteem does not mean thinking you are the best at everything - it means being comfortable with yourself even when you are not. It is accepting yourself, with all your strengths and weaknesses, while still taking opportunities for self-development. Having healthy self esteem means you are well equipped to cope with the challenges life throws at you and perform to your full potential.Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT will provide you with the skills you need to overcome a lack of self-esteem, making it easier for you to deal with tough times and leaving you a happier and more confident person. A complete program for changing your idea of yourself, it works on every aspect of your self-confidence, providing exercises to accompany each stage and short-term 'personal assignments' that will give you long-term benefits and lasting results.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

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Emotional Intelligence

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding

A TOOLKIT FOR IMPROVING YOUR LIFEEmotional Intelligence is a way of developing a well-balanced thoughtfulness in our lives. The ability to use our thoughts and feelings to change our behaviour and create a positive influence on our surroundings, on our friends and our colleagues, is one which can produce fundamental improvements in our professional and personal lives. It will help us to lift our performance at work, enjoy better relationships and communicate better with those around us.This book combines detailed, practical application of Emotional Intelligence principles along with insights from the fields of mindfulness and positive psychology to create a a powerful tool for change which you can use right away. It presents practical strategies to help you set and achieve new goals either at work or at home, and to engage effectively and positively with everyone around you. ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical, how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for whatever you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

John Murray Learning

How to Deal with Low Self-Esteem

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding

THE BESTSELLING GUIDE TO CHANGING YOUR LIFE WITH CBTCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a self-help technique that has worked for millions and can work for you! It is regularly prescribed as a treatment for illnesses like depression, and recommended by healthcare professionals in dealing with issues from anxiety and eating disorders to stress and anger management.This bestselling, practical primer shows you how you can apply CBT techniques in your life and focus on using altered patterns of thinking to achieve goals and overcome problems. It explains what CBT is, how you can use it, and provides detailed examples that show you how to be more assertive, raise your self-esteem, and transform your mentality - becoming happier and more positive in the process. Now fully updated to cover the growth of third-wave approaches to behavioural therapy, including mindfulness, the new edition of this classic book will help you turn your life around.ABOUT THE SERIESPeople have been learning with Teach Yourself since 1938. With a vast range of practical how-to guides covering language learning, lifestyle, hobbies, business, psychology, and self-help, there's a Teach Yourself book for everything you want to do. Join more than 60 million people who have reached their goals with Teach Yourself, and never stop learning.

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Evening Class Counselling

Pauline O'Driscoll, Christine Wilding
Authors:
Pauline O'Driscoll, Christine Wilding

Our unique audioteach method features the voices of real tutors, Christine Wilding and Pauline O'Driscoll. They will guide you through your course over 5 hours of audio material, giving you tips and advice based on their many years of teaching experience and helping you to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. This audio product also contains real-time recordings of role-played counselling sessions, to help you to grasp key techniques.

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The Beating OCD Workbook: Teach Yourself

Stephanie Fitzgerald
Authors:
Stephanie Fitzgerald

Are you suffering from OCD?Do you want to learn techniques for overcoming destructive rituals or troubling thoughts?Would you like lasting strategies to help you stay free of OCD for good?This workbook provides an interactive course of CBT to tackle OCD. It doesn't just tell you how to feel better -- by using diagnostic tests, practical exercises and thought challenges, it will show you how to feel better. The coverage includes all the forms and presentations of OCD, while the exercises and support throughout will give you a feeling of real progress. Helpful sections for relatives on how to help you best will all go towards preventing future relapses and help you to regain control of your life for good."A great CBT workbook to guide towards OCD recovery" - Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of www.OCDUK.org

Hodder & Stoughton

Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding

Do you want to dramatically improve your performance at work, enjoy better relationships and communicate better with those around you?Emotional Intelligence is the way we use our thoughts and feelings - our personality - to change our behaviour and create a positive influence on our surroundings, our friends and our colleagues. This book brings you the very latest research on Emotional Intelligence, and combines it with insights from the fields of mindfulness, positive psychology and altruism, creating a holistic approach and a powerful tool for change. It presents practical strategies to help you set and achieve new goals either at work or at home, and to engage effectively and positively with everyone around you. Learning tools include Try It Now, Remember This, Key Facts, Case Studies and Focus Points.A completely updated and revised edition.

Hodder & Stoughton

The Beating Anxiety Workbook: Teach Yourself

Stephanie Fitzgerald
Authors:
Stephanie Fitzgerald

Are you suffering from anxiety? Do you want to learn techniques for overcoming troubling thoughts and feelings of fear? Would you like lasting strategies to help you stay anxiety-free for good? This workbook uses one of the most effective methods for beating low mood and anxiety, cognitive behavioural therapy, in an interactive sense. It doesn't just tell you how to feel better, by using diagnostic tests, practical exercises, and thought challenges, it will show you how to feel better. The coverage includes all the major anxiety disorders - such as OCD, general anxiety disorder, panics and phobias, while the exercises and support throughout will give you a feeling of real progress. Helpful sections on living without anxiety will prevent future relapses, helping you to regain control of your life - for good.

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The CBT Workbook

Stephanie Fitzgerald
Authors:
Stephanie Fitzgerald
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding
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Beat Stress with CBT

Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding
Authors:
Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding
Hodder & Stoughton

Boost Your Self-Esteem: Flash

Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding
Authors:
Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding

The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Boost Your Self-Esteem is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to learning the basic principles of being more happy with yourself in a few short steps. Whether you want to be less depressed, or just feel more confident, in just 96 pages you will discover how to master the essential strategies for gaining confidence and feeling happier with yourself in every situation.- Gain confidence- Feel great- Be assertive- Feel positive- Love yourself

Hodder & Stoughton

Great Emotional Intelligence: Flash

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding

The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Great Emotional Intelligence is a short, simple and to-the-point guide to changing your life by understanding your feelings and their impact on those around you. In just 96 pages, the reader will discover a new level of understanding, resulting in a happier and more balanced life.UNDERSTAND YOUR EMOTIONSDEAL WITH PROBLEMSENJOY RELATIONSHIPSCOMMUNICATE BETTERACHIEVE EMOTIONAL WELLBEINGMAXIMIZE HAPPINESS

Hodder & Stoughton

Problem Solving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Flash

Aileen Milne, Christine Wilding
Authors:
Aileen Milne, Christine Wilding
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Change Your Life With Emotional Intelligence

Christine Wilding
Authors:
Christine Wilding

Is this the right book for me?Boost emotional awareness in any part of your lifeChange Your Life with Emotional Intelligence takes Daniel Goleman's revolutionary psychological theory and transforms it into practical self-help for you to boost emotional awareness in any part of your life. It introduces you to the principles of EI, explaining why the qualities of assertiveness, perception, motivation etc really matter if you want to live a fulfilled and successful life. The book takes an applied approach, encouraging you first to understand your own emotional identity, then to develop life skills like developing a sense of responsibility, overcoming anger and being more assertive. It will help you to use these skills to transform relationships with those around you, either in the workplace or in personal relationships and will even offer insight into how to help your children develop emotional intelligence. It is full of interactive exercises, top tips and and motivational quotes and offers plenty of further resources. Change Your Life With Emotional Intelligence includes:Part one - Understanding emotional intelligenceChapter 1: Emotional intelligence: a first lookChapter 2: Why is emotional intelligence so important?Part two - Emotional intelligence and you: becoming personally competentChapter 3: How do you see yourselfChapter 4: Thinking straightChapter 5: Developing your personal core valuesChapter 6: Emotional intelligence and resilienceChapter 7: Using emotional intelligence to defeat angerPart three - Emotional intelligence and othersChapter 8: Social responsibilityChapter 9: Developing communication skillsChapter 10: Emotional intelligence in the workplaceChapter 11: Emotional intelligence within an intimate relationshipChapter 12: Developing emotionally intelligent childrenLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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Beat Low Self-Esteem With CBT

Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding
Authors:
Stephen Palmer, Christine Wilding

Is this the right book for me?Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT will give you the skills you need to overcome a lack of self-esteem, making it easier for you to deal with tough times and leaving you a happier and more confident person. A complete program for changing your self-image, it takes you step-by-step through every aspect of confidence, with exercises to accompany each stage and short-term 'personal assignments' that will give you long-term benefits and lasting results.Beat Low Self-Esteem with CBT includes:Chapter 1: Great self-esteem: what is it?What is self-esteem?Childhood originsAdulthood: time to tackle low self-esteemIntroducing your Personal Fault FinderThe importance of risk takingThe consequences of low self-esteemIntroducing self-acceptanceYour personal view of yourselfGoal settingChapter 2: Thinking your way out of low self-esteemIdentifying the problemThe different levels of thinkingBeliefs versus factsNegative thoughts, assumptions and beliefsRules for livingThe role of emotion in low self-esteemSelf-defeating behaviourReplacing self-defeating thoughtsTackling negative beliefsBringing your positive qualities into focusChapter 3: The perfection trapWhat is perfectionism?Challenging perfectionistic beliefsDeveloping healthier valuesChapter 4: Defeat low self-esteem by developing self-acceptance Developing self-acceptanceHealthy versus unhealthy self-acceptanceChapter 5: 'It's not my fault: life is against me'The low self-esteem victimSelf-pity: blaming yourself rather than othersTaking responsibility for your feelingsDon't give upChapter 6: Increase your self-esteem through assertivenessThe role of assertiveness in good self-esteemAssertiveness skillsThe four behaviour typesBehaving assertivelyBeing assertive with yourselfYour assertive rights Chapter 7: Act your way to good self-esteem'Faking' good self-esteemMaster confident body languageCultivate a confident expressionDevelop a confident-sounding voiceFirst impressionsChapter 8: Body imageIs your body image a problem?How does poor body image affect you?Say 'Goodbye' to poor body imageMaking changesChapter 9: Becoming an optimistIncreasing optimismPositive thinkingChapter 10: Self-esteem and relationshipsWhy low self-esteem blights relationshipsHow to gain confidence in your relationshipUsing openness and honestySurviving a break-up with your self-esteem intactChapter 11: Developing emotional strengthWhat is resilience?The characteristics of resilienceDevelop emotional strength by improving resilienceSources of resilienceUnderstanding resilience as a processDeveloping resilienceChapter 12: Developing as a person to increase self-esteemThe keys to the kingdom: your valuesWhich values are important to you?Creating your personal planWorking on your valuesTackling serious errors of judgementDeeply held negative feelingsFeedback from others can be helpfulMoving forward: your goal plan Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Alex Loyd

Dr Alexander Loyd, PhD, ND, is the international bestselling author of The Love Code (hardcover title Beyond Willpower, Harmony, 2015) and The Healing Code (Grand Central Life & Style, 2011). He has been featured live on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and PBS news programs as an expert in healing the source issues underlying illness and disease. Dr Alex lectures all over the world in person and on radio, Internet, and television, with approximately 150 speaking engagements a year. With little money and no advertising, he built the largest practice of its kind in the world, with hundreds of thousands of clients in 50 states and 167 countries (and counting). He lives in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, with his wife Hope and sons Harry and George.

Andy Cope

Andy describes himself as an author, happiness expert, qualified teacher and learning junkie. He has spent 10 years researching 'positive psychology' culminating in a 'PhD in Happiness' from Loughborough University. He has developed a series of keynotes and courses centreing on themes of happiness and flourishing, which he delivers in businesses and schools across the world. Andy has written several best-selling personal development books, including The Art of Being Brilliant, and is also a best-selling children's author. His Spy Dog series has enjoyed huge global success.