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

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Chapter 14
Keeping a Clear Head and a Realistic Perspective
In This Chapter
• Biased and distorted thinking
• Why distorted thinking can lead to feeling more powerless
• Quickly reducing the intensity of negative emotions
• How “shoulds” are a pathway to feeling like a victim
 
The most successful approaches to coping with difficult times are to keep a realistic perspective and be able to think and problem solve effectively. This can be hard to do when life stresses begin to mount. In this chapter, we’ll consider some powerful techniques that can help you keep a clear head during stressful times.

Loss of Perspective and Distorted Thinking

As we saw in the previous chapter, significant stress affects thinking. It’s important to underscore that ...

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