The Feeling Good Handbook

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The Feeling Good Handbook
Author David D. Burns
Country USA
Language English
Subject Cognitive therapy
Publisher William Morrow and Company
Publication date
ISBN 0-688-01745-2

The Feeling Good Handbook is a book written by David D. Burns.


The book includes an explanation of the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, and details ways to improve a person's mood and life by identifying and eliminating common cognitive distortions, as well as methods to improve communication skills. Exercises are presented throughout the book to assist the reader in identifying cognitive distortions and replace them with healthy beliefs.

A revised edition was published in 1999 (ISBN 978-0-452-28132-5).


The book was the subject of a randomised controlled trial, in which patients on a waiting list to receive counselling for depression were given a copy of the book. The patients dramatically reduced their scores on depression tests compared to others on the same waiting list who received another "placebo" book, or no treatment.[citation needed]

The book has been frequently recommended by cognitive behavioural therapists.[1]

In 2013, the book was one of 30 titles approved by The Reading Agency as part of a project to recommend self-help books to people suffering from mental health issues.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Williams, Christopher; Wilson, Philip; Morrison, Jill; McMahon, Alex; Andrew, Walker; Allan, Lesley; McConnachie, Alex; McNeill, Yvonne; Tansey, Louise (2013-01-11). "Guided Self-Help Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial". PLoS ONE. 8 (1). ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 3543408Freely accessible. PMID 23326352. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052735. 
  2. ^ Brown, Mark (2013-01-31). "GPs to prescribe self-help books for mental health problems". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  3. ^ Morris, Harvey. "Doctors to Prescribe Self-Help Books, Poetry for Mental Health Ills". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-08-19.