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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Moods by John Preston

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Chapter 13
Common Solutions That Backfire
In This Chapter
• Coping strategies that ultimately create more problems
• Spotting “solutions that backfire”
• Excessive blocking of authentic emotions
• Thinking that can magnify a perception of powerlessness
 
The first rule of medicine is to “do no harm.” The same thing is good advice when you are going through emotionally difficult times. At any given moment, as people are struggling with difficult life circumstances, most people actually are giving it their best shot. Sometimes people collapse into complete passivity, but most of the time, human beings are doing the best they can to cope. However, doing your best doesn’t necessarily mean that what you’re doing is effective. People often feel overwhelmed ...

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