You Are Not a Rock: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (for Humans)

You Are Not a Rock: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (for Humans) Review

Mental health is . . . being yourself.

A prescriptive and positive guide, illustrated with line drawings, making the case that mental well-being, like physical health, can be strengthened over time and with specific techniques

We all want to feel less anxiety, guilt, anger and sadness. We want to obsess less and be less lonely, free ourselves from our demons, compulsive habits, and stress. But as humans (unlike rocks) we experience all of these. And paradoxically, trying to avoid and control them only makes things worse.

Having struggled with serious mental illness for many years himself, Mark Freeman has become a dedicated mental-health advocate and coach. He makes the case that instead of trying to feel less and avoid pain and stress, we need to build emotional fitness, especially our capacity for strength, balance and focus. With wit, compassion, and depth of experience and anecdotes, he shows that we can recover from many mental disorders, from mild to very serious, at all ages and stages of life, and even if other methods have failed. Freeman's innovative approach makes use of a range of therapeutic techniques, mindfulness training, peer support, humor, and common sense.

Title:You Are Not a Rock: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (for Humans)

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  • Beth

    A great book on caring for our own mental health. Better to have a print or digital copy than audio in order to take full advantage of the exercises outlined in the book. Multiple readings are benefic...

  • Ferci

    Highly recommend itAfter I discovered ACT, I got hooked. ACT and this book are what I have always needed. It is like life now makes sense - all those urges, fears and compulsions... I thought I was th...

  • Diana

    I really liked this! While I don't have a diagnosed mental illness, I definitely have my anxieties and compulsions, and this book really framed things in a way I could relate well to. I'm not entirely...

  • Danielle

    Not a bad book. Good for anxiety disorders and an introduction to mental illness. It never did go farther in depth than light and superficial stuff that people worry about (like a compulsion to check ...

  • Adelia

    awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome...

  • Melissa

    This book relies on an exercise metaphor that makes a lot of sense: You can't wake up one day and instantly run a marathon without any previous training. You also can't wake up one day and expect to h...