Book: Managing Your Mind – The Mental Fitness Guide

Book Title:

Managing Your Mind – The Mental Fitness Guide.

Author(s): Gillian Butler and Tony Hope.

Year: 2007.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: OUP USA.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


Originally published in 1995, the first edition of Managing Your Mind established a unique place in the self-help book market.

A blend of tried-and-true psychological counselling and no-nonsense management advice grounded in the principles of CBT and other psychological treatments, the book straddled two types of self-help literature, arguing that in one’s personal and professional life, the way to success is the same.

By adopting the practical strategies that mental health experts Butler and Hope have developed over years of clinical research and practice, one can develop the “mental fitness” necessary to resolve one’s personal and interpersonal challenges at home and work and to live a productive, satisfying life.

The first edition addressed how to:

  • Develop key skills to mental fitness (e.g., managing one’s time better, facing and solving problems better, keeping things in perspective, learning to relax, etc.);
  • Improve one’s relationships;
  • Beat anxiety and depression; and
  • Establish a good mind-body balance.

For this new edition, Butler and Hope have updated all preexisting material and have added five new chapters:

  1. On sexuality and intimate relationships;
  2. Anger in relationships;
  3. Recent traumatic events and their aftermath;
  4. Loss and bereavement; and
  5. Dealing with the past.

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