A book by Cristian A. Nica
The market is flooded with guides to life that lead nowhere. Many of them leave a positive impression which may mislead the mind, believing that they are also useful. However, most are based on false scientific paradigms, not being helpful at all in the long run. On the other hand, academic books do provide an accurate understanding of the human mind, but they tend to be heavy tomes and you would need to read quite a few if you were to develop a prevention strategy.
It all started when I decided to put together a brief guide for my clients, whom I felt needed to know the basics before engaging properly in a psychological intervention. In the meantime, I received many requests for advice and it seemed as if people simply needed a nudge in the right direction. At that point I started writing this book, with three goals in mind:
The book includes 11 chapters, structured into three parts.
Part 1: Stay informed
Scientific facts can make a difference and are always the right option for promoting mental health. It can be risky to engage in a process of self-development on your own, not knowing whether the approach is actually helping you to achieve your goals. In the first part of the book, you are introduced to the main psychological interventions. It will help you better understand the schools of thought, and also the value of an evidence-based approach for applying psychology to various contexts (self-development, interpersonal or organisational).
Part 2: Be aware
Learning is not an option, but a requirement for survival. We can achieve an ideal lifestyle when realising that awareness is the key to self-control. The second part will help you become familiar with the causes and consequences of the main mental conditions. This way psychological vulnerabilities can be identified while trying to prevent mental distress.
Part 3: Take action
Action is the way forward but at times it’s difficult to trust yourself and to do what it takes at the right time. The last four chapters will help you build a mindset for social resilience, so that you may stand up for yourself and achieve a balanced way of living in every area of life.
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