By Scott E. Spradlin, M.A.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a therapeutic technique designed to counter extreme emotional reactions – before they lead to overwhelming anger, depression, anxiety, and stress-related ailments.
An eclectic mix of cognitive-behavioral techniques, skills training, Zen, and existentialism, DBT helps readers pay attention to their emotions, assess their blocks to controlling them, become less judgmental of themselves when they lose control, and ultimately eliminate overpowering feelings.
The book outlines the four core skills of dialectical behavior therapy – mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance – for managing a wide range of emotional challenges. Gives simple step-by-step instructions to:
- Tolerate sorrow, anger, and fear
- Understand your feelings
- Untangle complicated emotions
- Increase positive emotions
- Learn how to soothe yourself
- Clearly communicate your feelings
- End cycles of anxiety and depression
216 pages. Softcover. 2003.