Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Summary

David D. Burns
- 1980
This book is good to read when you feel anxious.

Key Takeaways

  1. Master cognitive-behavioral techniques to significantly improve mood and reduce anxiety.
  2. Learn how distorted negative thinking contributes to emotional turmoil and how to correct it.
  3. Utilize practical exercises to develop a healthier, more positive outlook on life.
  4. Understand the link between personal thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the context of daily functioning.
  5. Empower yourself with the tools to become your own therapist and handle life's ups and downs more effectively.


Dr. David D. Burns’ 'Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy' revolutionizes the treatment of mood disorders with its practical and scientifically grounded approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy. The book begins by introducing the concept of cognitive distortions, which are the roots of much psychological distress.

The middle chapters of the book are filled with real-life examples and practical exercises designed to teach readers how to identify and rectify cognitive distortions in their own thoughts. This process is detailed step-by-step, making CBT accessible to those without a background in psychology.

Burns also delves into specific areas such as depression, anxiety, anger, and guilt, providing targeted strategies for dealing with each. These include daily mood logs and other tools that encourage self-reflection and active engagement with the therapeutic techniques.

Ultimately, 'Feeling Good' stands out as an invaluable resource for those looking to take control of their mental health. Its approach encourages readers to change their emotional states by changing their thoughts, offering hope and practical methods for those struggling with mood disorders.

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