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The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (by Martha Davis, Matthew McKay, Elizabeth Robbins Eschelman)


New Harbinger Publications (Sixth Edition, 2008)

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Description: From an Amazon.com review: The many self-assessment tools and calming techniques presented in this sixth edition can help overcome anxiety and promote physical and emotional well-being. First introduced in 1980, the book received praise for presenting a comprehensive look at stress, its physical manifestations, and the multiple ways it can be managed. Twenty years later, its well-organized chapters on breathing, relaxation, meditation, thought stopping, and body awareness still guide the reader through copious self-help techniques to try and, eventually, master. Other chapters, including job stress management, goal setting and time management, and assertiveness training, focus on daily scenarios people often find distressing. Lessons in identifying key elements that trigger unpleasant responses and in reacting differently to these elements are designed to defuse perceived conflicts. New diagrams and a more reader-friendly format should appeal to readers, despite a few typos and graphical mishaps. This is a valuable tool for therapists, their patients, and the stressed-at-large. --Liane Thomas

This is a most effective self-help book to learn a variety of Skilled Relaxation (SR) techniques: breathing, progressive relaxation, meditation, visualization, applied relaxation training, self-hypnosis, autogenics, recording a relaxation tape, combination techniques, and thought stopping. The fifth edition also includes useful information about body awareness, stress management, coping skills, time management, assertiveness training, and exercise.


This text remains, after twenty years, the clearest, best-organized, and most readable book on stress management. It has achieved the status of the ‘classic’ self-help reference in the field,” -Edmund Bourne, Ph.D., author of The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook

”An exemplary book on stress; it is lucidly written, it is rationally ordered, it is comprehensive, and each section is densely packed with instructions and exercises which make the workbook easy to practice.” – Somatics Magazine: Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences.

Product Details
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 6th edition (2008) Language: English
ISBN: 1572242140
Product Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

About the Authors:

Martha Davis is a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Clara, CA), Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman is a licensed clinical social worker with Kaiser Permanente Online, and Matthew McKay is the clinical director of Haight-Ashbury Psychological Services, San Francisco, CA.