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For books that promote emotional intelligence and well-being; physical and mental health; successful relationships; and realistic wealth and happiness…

Subjects include: Anger management; couple relationships; conflict resolution; anxiety control and depression reduction; lifestyle self-management (including diet and nutrition; physical exercise; sleep science; life balance; and philosophy of life); plus stress management and realistic resilience…

Do you want to be physically and mentally well; emotionally intelligent and happy; in a successful loving relationship; and doing meaningful work?

We have the answers to your problems! Whether you are a self-help enthusiast, a counsellor, coach, psychotherapist, social worker, or general reader; we have some interesting books for you!

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Updated on 30th March 2020

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All of the material on this website is copyright (c) Jim Byrne (and/or Renata Taylor-Byrne) and may not be copied or used in any way, without specific written permission of the author(s).

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On this page, we present our current list of 22 books in print, plus two books which are coming soon.  Those books represent the distillation of 40 years of active research.

To summarize the content of those books, we would have to say that they include the following:

  • How to:
    • manage your anger,
    • reduce your anxiety and
    • eliminate depression;
  • by working on your lifestyle, including:
    • diet and nutrition,
    • physical exercise,
    • sleep pattern,
    • physical relaxation, and
    • your philosophy of life.

Also:

  • How to:
    • improve your couple relationship
  • by working on your understanding of
    • the nature of love and relationship
    • the skills of communication.

Plus:

  • How to incorporate Lifestyle counselling and coaching into talk therapy;
  • How to improve your resilience, without trying to be an Extreme Stoic;
  • How to resolve conflict and unhappiness
  • Recover from childhood trauma
  • How to write a new life for yourself
  • How to manager your sleep for better health, happiness and emotional intelligence
  • How to quickly fix your couple relationship
  • Lifestyle counseling and coaching for the whole person, or the whole body-brain-mind
  • Understanding yourself and your life’s journey
  • Books for counsellors about human personality, and processing client stories
  • Four books the cover our critique of rational therapy (REBT)
  • A fictionalized autobiographical story of the first forty years of a counsellor’s life
    A mystery novel about the half-Irish, half-Native American, involving childhood trauma
  • How to eliminate physical pain.

 


The Bamboo Paradox: The limits of human flexibility in a cruel world – and how to protect, defend and strengthen yourself

Finding the Golden Mean that leads to strength and viable flexibility, in order to be happy, healthy and realistically successful

A, Front cover-2By Dr Jim Byrne.

With contributed chapters by Renata Taylor-Byrne

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The Institute for E-CENT Publications: 2020

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Are human beings like bamboo?  Are we designed to withstand unlimited pressure, stress and strain? Is our destiny to be sacrificed on the altar of other-directed ‘flexible working arrangements’?

We live in a world in which there are dark forces that wish us to forget that we are fleshy bodies, with physical and mental needs; and physical and mental limitations; and to be willing to function like mere cogs in the wheels of somebody else’s financial or technological empire.

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) has played into this narrative, and given it philosophical support, by promoting a form of Extreme Stoicism in the name of therapy and wisdom, which it patently is not. (General Cognitive Behaviour Therapy [CBT] also supports this agenda, but to a lesser degree, or in a less obvious way! And some forms of Extreme Buddhism also advocate ‘detachment’ from material concerns, such as the need for a balanced life!)

In this book, I review the research that we have done on the limits of human endurance, and the determinants of that endurance – as well as identifying a viable philosophy of life – which will help you to optimize your strength and flexibility, while at the same time taking care of your health and happiness.

If you want to take good care of yourself in the modern mad-market, you could benefit from studying this book. It will provide you with both a compass and a suit of armour which will support you with the challenges and battles you will inevitably face.

Click for more information.***

Paperback copy: £14.99 GBP***

Kindle eBook: £5.99 GBP.***

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Renata writes: “I have spent at least 5% of my income, over many years, on the best books I could find, because I depend on books for my self-education. That is why I like this statement:

‘Books Educate Us: Books quench our thirst for knowledge. Through books, we learn about how things work, understand different cultures, and comprehend the history of things. We can learn new languages, how to improve ourselves and even how to build things. The right books are full of useful information that helps us become smarter, sharper, more skilled and more open to new ideas.’ (Source: Rising Phoenix Press, online blog.)

“I also write books for the same reason: I want to pass on the education I’ve gained from books to those people who do not have the time to read the hundreds of books that I have read over a period of three or four decades”.  Renata Taylor-Byrne, Lifestyle Coach/Counselor

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Coming soon – in April 2020:

Cutting through the Worry Knot!

How to Reduce and Control Your Anxiety Level: Using a whole body-brain-mind approach

And without using drugs, alcohol or escapism!

By Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne

Front cover2Anxiety is not a disease; not a mental illness. Anxiety is part of our normal, innate, mental signalling system which tells us what is happening to us, and what to do about it.  That is to say, it is part of our emotional wiring. Our emotional intelligence.

Trying to get rid of anxiety with drugs is like hanging two overcoats and a duvet over your burglar alarm when it goes off.  The burglar alarm is designed to give you helpful information, which you can then use to guide your action. Should you check to see if a burglar has got into your house? Or call the police? Or realize that you’d mismanaged your alarm system, and that you should therefore switch it off?

Once you understand anxiety correctly, it becomes as useful as a burglar alarm; and you can learn how to manage it correctly.

When you buy a burglar alarm, it comes with a little Instruction Book about how to set it; calibrate it; monitor it; reset it; and switch it on and off.

You should have got just such an Instruction Book about your anxiety alarm, from your parents, when you were very young – and some people did.  But if your alarm goes off at all times of day and night, in unhelpful ways, then I guess you were one of the unlucky ones who did not get your Instruction Book.  This book contains your Instruction Book, plus lots of other backup information, which will help to make you the master of your anxiety, instead of its quaking slave.

Don’t let your anxiety “burglar alarm” reduce your life to misery. Learn how to use it properly!

For more information about this book on anxiety:

Paperback copy:

Kindle eBook copy:

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Brian Tracy’s Psychology of Success

“Many years ago, I read a statement by Brian Tracy to the effect that 80% of all the best books are read by 20% of the population.  That would tend to explain why 20% of the population has such an advantage over the other 80%. New ideas are being generated constantly, and a lot of human knowledge is stored in books which can help us to manage our lives better, if only we get into the habit of buying or borrowing those books, and studying them.  Tracy also quipped, once, that when students graduate from university, most of them throw away their books and keep their diploma or degree certificate.  They should throw away the diploma, and keep studying the books, if they want to optimize their lives, in terms of health, wealth and happiness.”

Dr Jim Byrne, March 2020

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How to Resolve Conflict and Unhappiness: Especially during Festive Celebrations:

Coping with and resolving frustrations, disappointments and interpersonal clashes at family celebrations like Christmas, Yuletide, Hanukkah, Eid, and Thanksgiving

Front cover 1Dr Jim Byrne (With Renata Taylor-Byrne)

Conflict can happen in families at any time of year.  It jut so happens that the first Monday after the Christmas & New Year annual holidays is called ‘Divorce Day’, because that is when the highest number of divorce petitions is issued. And it seems most likely that the other major family holiday times are the runners up in the divorce stakes.  However, what is hidden under these divorce statistics is the mountain of personal and social misery that precedes such drastic ‘solutions’ to repeated conflict, disappointments and interpersonal clashes.

But there is a better way to deal with these problems. Rather than letting the misery build up over time, you can take control of both your own mind, and the way you communicate within your family and society.  You can insulate your social relationships from constant or repeated misery and unhappiness; and learn to have a wonderful life with your family and friends.

The solutions have been assembled by Dr Jim Byrne in this book about how to re-think/re-feel/re-frame your encounters with your significant others; how to communicate so they will listen; how to listen so they can communicate with you; and how to manage your lifestyle for optimum peace, happiness and success in all your relationships.

PAPERBACK AND eBOOK ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION…

Don’t let your relationships deteriorate. Get the solution today. Click this link for more.***

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Image result for james miller the philosophical life“Sometime after assuming the duties of adult citizenship, Socrates began to behave strangely. Ignoring custom, he refused to follow in his father’s footsteps as a stonemason. Instead of learning how to earn a living by carving rock, Socrates became preoccupied with learning how to live the best life conceivable.  He expressed astonishment that ‘the sculptors of marble statues should take pains to make the block of marble into a perfect likeness of man, and should take no pains about themselves lest they turn out to be mere blocks, and not men”.

James Miller, The Philosophical Life: Twelve great thinkers and the search for wisdom, from Socrates to Nietzsche.

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Recovery from Childhood Trauma:

How I healed my heart and mind – and how you can heal yourself

By Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

Front cover,1The author describes the main traumatic experiences that occurred in his childhood, which hung like a dark cloud over his emotional and relational life, up to the age of forty years or so.  He also describes the various therapeutic processes that he used to try to process his undigested childhood pain.  Chief among those strategies were the writing of his Story of Origins and his Story of Relationship, both of which are reproduced in this book, along with analysis and commentary. He also includes guidelines for the reader to do their own writing therapy on their own childhood trauma, which will greatly improve the quality of their emotional and relational lives.  His hope is that the reader will become happier and healthier, and more at ease in their own skin; with a better prospect of moving forward into a more enjoyable future life.

For more information, please click this link.***

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Image result for cover of war and peaceIt seems intellectual high-brows in universities disparage self-help books; because they do not rate the important social function of Emotional Education.  Hence we often find academics who have lots of ‘book learning’, but the emotional intelligence of a junior school pupil! 

According to the Book of Life blog (Why Self-Help Books Matter): “It can look as if humans stopped writing good self-help after the Fall of Rome. But once we view Culture as a tool for Emotional Education, many more works emerge as, in fact, belonging to the currently much maligned genre of self-help. For example, Tolstoy’s War and Peace explicitly aims to teach compassion, calm and forgiveness; it offers guidance around money, manners, relationships and career development; it seeks to show us how to be a good friend and how to be a better parent. It clearly is a self-help book – it just doesn’t happen to be officially described this way by the current guardians of Culture. Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is, similarly, also a self-help book, that teaches us how to surrender our attachment to romantic love and social status in favour of a focus on art and thought.”

I have gained enormous value in my life from the reading of explicitly and implicitly self-helping books, including many famous novels.  My emotional education would have been greatly curtailed without good self-help books and high-quality novels.

Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

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How to Write a New Life for Yourself:

Narrative therapy and the writing solution.

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Cover design by Charles Saul

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

Prices: from £4.22 GBP (Kindle) to £13.27 (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

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If you continue to do what you have always done, then you will keep getting the same results, in terms of a life that does not work for you!

We learn how to think and feel in our family of origins, and then we use those imperfect road-maps to guide us throughout our lives.  No wonder we often find ourselves in situations we strongly dislike. No wonder we often find we are living lives of quiet desperation.

This how-to book contains in excess of twenty exercises to help you to redesign your road-map through life; and to get more of what you want from your life.

You will become clearer about your goals; and how to work towards them intelligently.

Journal writing, and various forms of writing therapy and reflective writing are included, with specific exercises for specific purposes.

Why not write a new and better life for yourself?

Don’t miss this chance to live the life you would love to live! Paperback and eBook versions.

Click this linke to learn more.***

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Anger, resentment and forgiveness:

How to get your inappropriate anger under reasonable control

Safeguard Your Sleep and Reap the Rewards:

Better health, happiness and resilience

How to Quickly Fix Your Couple Relationship:

A brief DIY handbook for serious lovers

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Image result for the desire map“A lot of personal development books come with exercises and prompts that get you thinking about the choices you make and why you make them.”

“An honest evaluation of your life as it is frees you to make the changes you need to make while still feeling good about yourself. Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map is an excellent book with lots of illuminating prompts and exercises.”

Otiti Jasmine, ‘5 Reasons To Read Self-Help Books (Even If You Think You Don’t Need To)’. Online blog: MindBodyGreen.

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How to Have a Wonderful, Loving Relationship:

Helpful insights for couples and lovers

A, Front cover,1By Jim Byrne (with Renata Taylor-Byrne)

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Originally published with the title, Top secrets for Building a Successful Relationship, in 2018.  Reissued with a new title and minor changes in November 2019.

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Do you sometimes feel that you are just reliving your parents’ relationship? The unworkable, misery-inducing pattern that you witnessed in childhood?  If so, you are probably right. That is most often how relationships turn out, unless you wake up and begin to change your unconscious pattern of relating.

Most human beings long to be engaged in a loving relationship with another person who they like and admire, and who likes, admires, loves and respects them in turn.

But most people have no idea how to bring this about.

A few lucky people will automatically ‘know’ what to do, non-consciously, because they had parents who openly demonstrated their love for each other.

If your parents did not love, like, respect and/or care for each other; or they failed to demonstrate active love for you; then you are going to have to learn from scratch. But do not despair.  The answers to your problem can be found in this book…

PAPERBACK BOOK ON RELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS…

Find out how to reprogram yourself for a loving, joyful, peaceful relationship that enriches your life, instead of making you miserable and disappointed.  To find out some more about this process, please click this link.***

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"The Essays of Warren Buffett" by Warren Buffett“Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common? They read. A lot.

“In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

“Here are just a few top business leaders and entrepreneurs who make reading a major part of their daily lifestyle:

“Bill Gates…; Mark Cuban…; Elton Musk…; Mark Zuckerberg…; (and) Oprah Winfrey…”

By Andrew Merle, ‘The Reading Habits of Ultra-Successful People. 14th April 2016. Huffpost blog.

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More about our books

# individuals looking for solutions to current emotional, behavioural or relationship problems;

# self-help enthusiasts and counselling clients;

# plus professional helpers, like counsellors, coaches, social workers, educators, psychologists and psychotherapists; and students of those disciplines.

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Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:

Or how to integrate nutritional insights, exercise and sleep coaching into talk therapy.

The Lifestyle Counselling Book
Cover design by Charles Saul

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

This book has been found in practice to be very helpful to counsellors and psychotherapists who want to understand the role of lifestyle factors in human disturbance. Because diet, exercise and sleep are increasingly seen to be important determinants of mental health and emotional well-being, it is now necessary to rethink our models of counselling and therapy.

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

This book shows counsellors how to incorporate lifestyle coaching and counselling into their system of talk therapy.  It will also help self-help enthusiasts to take better care of their own mental and physical health, and emotional well-being.

Prices: from £4.26 GBP (Kindle) to £12.64 (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

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How to Write a New Life for Yourself:

Narrative therapy and the writing solution.

How to Have a Wonderful, Loving Relationship:

Helpful insights for couples and lovers

How to Control Your Anger, Anxiety and Depression:

Using nutrition and physical activity.

If you want to read more information about any of the twenty-two books listed below, please click the ‘Learn more’ link, next to the cover, and you will be shown a substantial overview of the contents of the chosen book, including, normally, the contents pages, and extracts from some chapters and appendices.

If you know you want to buy a particular book, please click the ‘Learn more’ link. This will take you to the main page of information about that book; then scroll down to the links to the Amazon outlets, to buy your copy.  All of our books are sold through Amazon.

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“…I’m a huge fan of personal development books. I’m constantly harping on the benefits of self-improvement and self-discovery…

“Every now and then, I pick up a book that has an immediate and lasting impact on my life. It shapes the way I see the world, the way I interact with others, and the way I choose to live my life.

“These are almost always personal development books, although sometimes they cross the realm into semi-fictional narratives of self-discovery and adventure. Because let’s face it — who doesn’t love a good tale of self-discovery and adventure?”

Kara, at Boho Berry blog – ‘7 books that will change your life’.

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Facing and Defeating your Emotional Dragons:

How to process old traumas, and eliminate undigested pain from your past experience

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Cover design by Will Sutton

This self-help book presents two processes that are necessary for the digestion of old, traumatic or stress-inducing experiences.

PAPERBACK OR E-BOOK ON HOW TO RE-FRAME DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE; AND THEN FACING UP TO BURIED TRAUMAS FROM THE PAST…

The book first looks at how to re-think or re-frame your traumatic memory; and the second is about how to digest it, so it can disappear.

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Prices from: £6.16p (Kindle) and £13.63 GBP (Paperback) 

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Paperback and eBook versions

Learn more.***

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cropped-abc-bookstore-maximal-charles-2019-1.jpg“We produce books on personal development, lifestyle self-management, and how to be happier and healthier. We produce them for people who would rather eat cake.  But even though they go on eating cake, we go on producing those books, because I believe that one day they will wake up and realize that the more cake they eat, the bigger their problems become; and that actually nobody is coming on a white charger to rescue them; and that expecting ‘medical miracles’ is a fantasy!  I keep on producing those books for the people who will eventually wake up; grow up; and begin to take responsibility for holding the reins of their lives, instead of sleepwalking into a nightmarish end to a foreshortened life!”

Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, March 2020

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Who Are You, And Where Are You Going?

Transformative insights from psychology and the philosophy of psychotherapy

Front cover, Who are youBy Dr Jim Byrne
With Renata Taylor-Byrne

Most people lead lives of quiet desperation.  They don’t know who are what they are.  They also don’t know what is driving their actions in the world.

Most people skip the challenge of becoming conscious about who and what they are; where they are located in time/history; and what is possible for such an actor in terms of future directions for a viable/enjoyable life.

Most people spend the whole of their life living as largely non-conscious victims of a script they wrote for themselves, with the aid of their parents, when they were less than seven years old, when they hadn’t got enough sense to write a really good outcome for themselves.

This book teaches you who and what you are; and in particular, it helps you to come to know your own personality, and your life script.  It shows you how to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, including your relationship behaviours, in order to produce a better future for yourself.  Change your destiny!

Paperback book, £14.95.

Ebook version $US 3.99.***

For more information.***

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Road-less-travelled“Reading self-improvement books is the best investment of time and energy that I‘ve ever made. 

“The second thirty years of my life were very much better and happier than the first thirty, largely because, in the first thirty, I did not read much self-improving literature; but in the second, I read a lot of such books. 

“My knowledge, wisdom and quality of life all improved dramatically as a result!”

Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, March 2020

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Anger, resentment and forgiveness:

How to get your inappropriate anger under reasonable control

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By Dr Jim Byrne

This self-help book is based on twenty years’ experience by the author of providing anger management counselling and coaching to hundreds of individuals.

If you wan to stop wrecking your relationships, at home and in work, than this book is a must read.

It is based on a review of some of the most potent techniques and strategies for controlling your temper that were invented by thoughtful philosophers around the world and across the centuries.

PAPERBACK BOOK ON VARIOUS STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLING YOUR ANGER…

It will give you mastery over you emotions, and the ability to forgive those who transgress against you, without being too passive.

Learn more

Paperback only at the moment

Price: £14.75 from Amazon.

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Safeguard Your Sleep and Reap the Rewards:

Better health, happiness and resilience

Front cover, sleep book, Feb 2019
Cover design by Charles Saul

By Renata Taylor-Byrne

This book contains a detailed review of the science of sleep, and what this tells us about the importance of sleep for a happy, successful life.

Now you can begin to understand why you need sleep; how much you need; how to optimize your chances of getting a good night’s sleep; and what to do if you experience sleep disturbance. You will also learn how to defend your sleep against modern sleep-distractions.

PAPERBACK BOOK AND E BOOK ON THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP, AND HOW YOU CAN IMPROVE ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE, AND HOW YOU FEEL AND PERFORM IN THE WORLD…

If you are having problems sleeping; or you wonder why you are gaining weight despite your attempts to diet; or your emotional intelligence keeps letting you down; now you can learn the links between those problems to your approach to sleep. And you can gain a new mastery over your sleep.

It is now available, in paperback and Kindle eBook.

Learn more.***

Price: £14.99 (GBP)

By Renata Taylor-Byrne

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How to Quickly Fix your Couple Relationship:

A brief DIY handbook for serious lovers

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Cover design by Will Sutton

This self-help book has been specially designed to provide some quick relief up front, for couples in trouble. That means that, right at the start of the book, I share with you some of the most powerful insights into how to have a happy relationships. I then help you to complete a couple of exercises that take five minutes per day, and which will begin to change your relationship situation almost at once.

A SELF-HELP BOOK THAT PUTS YOU IN THE DRIVING SEAT OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP, AND QUICKLY AND SECURELY ON THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS IN YOUR LOVE AFFAIRS…

Your approach to relationship will be transformed, with huge benefits to your health and happiness.

Kindle: £5.02

Paperback: £12.10

For more information: Learn more

Available in paperback and Kindle eBook formats.


How to Write a New Life for Yourself:

Narrative therapy and the writing solution.

Writing Theapy book cover
Cover design by Charles Saul

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

Prices: from £4.22 GBP (Kindle) to £13.27 (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

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This how-to book contains in excess of twenty exercises to help you to get more of what you want from your life.

You will become clearer about your goals; and how to work towards them intelligently.

WRITING ABOUT YOUR GOALS AND YOUR DAILY EXPERIENCES WILL DOUBLE YOUR BRAIN POWER, AND SUPER-CHARGE YOUR PROBLEM SOLVING CAPABILITIES.  THIS SELF-HELP BOOK IS LIKE A SECOND BRAIN!

Journal writing, and various forms of writing therapy and reflective writing are included, with specific exercises for specific purposes.

Why not write a new and better life for yourself!

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

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How to Control Your Anger, Anxiety and Depression:

Using nutrition and physical activity.

Diet,exercise book cover
Cover design by Charles Saul

By Renata Taylor-Byrne, and Jim Byrne

This book argues that talk therapy is insufficient on its own. Changing your philosophy of life will not control your emotions, unless you also attend to your diet and exercise needs.

It is now increasingly being argued, by cutting edge scientists, that the root cause of physical and mental health problems is inflammation in the body, especially in the guts.  The concept of leaky gut giving rise to leaky brain is increasingly being verified; and very often the causes of anxiety, depression and anger are to be found in the client’s diet; or their lack of physical exercise.  Of course, sometimes the main cause of human disturbance is that stress levels are too high; or coping resources are too low; or the individual has an unrealistic or unhelpful philosophy of life.  Or the individual did not get a good experience of how to manage their emotions in their family of origin.  But it is also true that sometimes, the main problem is lack of physical exercise, or sugary diet, or caffeine, or inflammation in the guts and brain.

THIS SELF-HELP BOOK CAN BE USED BY COUNSELLORS AND SELF-HELP ENTHUSIASTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE BODILY CONNECTIONS TO MENTAL HEALTH, VIA DIET, NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE…

By Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne

Prices: from £3.10 (Kindle) to £9.93 GBP (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***


Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person:

Or how to integrate nutritional insights, exercise and sleep coaching into talk therapy.

The Lifestyle Counselling Book
Cover design by Charles Saul

By Dr Jim Byrne, with Renata Taylor-Byrne

This book has been found in practice to be very helpful to counsellors and psychotherapists who want to understand the role of lifestyle factors in human disturbance. Because diet, exercise and sleep are increasingly seen to be important determinants of mental health and emotional well-being, it is now necessary to rethink our models of counselling and therapy.

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***

This book shows counsellors how to incorporate lifestyle coaching and counselling into their system of talk therapy.  It will also help self-help enthusiasts to take better care of their own mental and physical health, and emotional well-being.

Prices: from £4.26 GBP (Kindle) to £12.64 (paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions.

Learn more.***


Facing and Defeating your Emotional Dragons:

How to process old traumas, and eliminate undigested pain from your past experience

front cover, dragons
Cover design by Will Sutton

This self-help book presents two processes that are necessary for the digestion of old, traumatic or stress-inducing experiences.

The first looks at how to re-think or re-frame your traumatic memory; and the second is about how to digest it, so it can disappear.

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Prices from: £6.16p (Kindle) and £13.63 GBP (Paperback) 

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Paperback and eBook versions

Learn more.***


Holistic Counselling in Practice:

An introduction to the theory and practice of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied-Narrative Therapy

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Cover design by Will Sutton

By Jim Byrne DCoun FISPC

With Renata Taylor-Byrne BSc (Hons) Psychol

This book was the original introduction to Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT), which was created by Dr Jim Byrne in the period 2009-2014, building upon earlier work from 2003.  It is of historic importance, but it has been superseded by Lifestyle Counselling and Coaching for the Whole Person, above.

Prices from: £5.83p GBP (Kindle) and £15.18p (Paperback)

Paperback and eBook versions

Learn more.***


A counsellor reflects upon models of mind

Integrating the psychological models of Plato, Freud, Berne and Ellis

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Cover design by Will Sutton

Prices from: £5.99 (Kindle) and £14.99 GBP (Paperback)

This book explores some significant ways of thinking about the nature of the human brain-mind. Every counsellor needs to think long and hard about their perceptions of their clients.  Are they based on ‘common sense’, or have they been subjected to the discipline of considering the theories of great minds that preceded us, like Plato, Freud, Berne and Ellis. (Ellis, of course, oversimplified the SOR model of mind into the simple ABC model, but he is still important because of his impact on the whole CBT theory, which currently dominates the field of counselling and therapy in the US, UK and elsewhere).  The author provides a stimulating review of several theories of mind.

Paperback and eBook versions available

Learn more.***


The Emergent Social Individual:

Or how social experience shapes the human body-brain-mind

Kindle Cover1By Dr Jim Byrne

Copyright © Jim Byrne, 2009-2019

The E-CENT perspective sees the relationship of mother-baby as a dialectical (or interactional) one of mutual influence, in which the baby is ‘colonized’ by the mother/carer, and enrolled over time into the mother/carer’s culture, including language and beliefs, scripts, stories, etc.  This dialectic is one between the innate urges of the baby and the cultural and innate and culturally shaped behaviours of the mother.  The overlap between mother and baby gives rise to the ‘ego space’ in which the identity and habits of the baby take shape.  And in that ego space, a self-identity appears as an emergent phenomenon, based on our felt sense of being a body (the core self) and also on our conscious and non-conscious stories about who we are and where we have been, who has related to us, and how: (the autobiographical self).

Learn more about this book.***

E-Book version only available at the moment.***

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Processing Client Stories in Counselling and Psychotherapy:

How to think about and analyze client narratives

Cover of eBookDr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling

The Institute for E-CENT Publications – 2019

Copyright © Jim Byrne, 2019. All rights reserved.

Of all the systems of counselling and therapy, the main ones that pay attention to the body of the client include Gestalt Therapy, and my own system of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (or E-CENT for short).

In E-CENT counselling, when a client arrives to see us, we see a body-brain-mind-environment-whole enter our room.  We agree that this person will begin by telling us a story about their current difficulties; but we recognize that this story is affected, for better or worse, by the quality and duration of their recent sleep patterns; their diet (including caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods, and trans-fats in junk food); and whether or not they do regular physical exercise; and other bodily factors.

However, in this book, we will mainly focus upon the client’s story or narrative; and perhaps remind ourselves occasionally that this story is being told by a physical body-brain-mind which is dependent for optimal functioning upon such factors as diet, exercise, sleep, and so on. We will focus upon the question of the status of autobiographical narratives; and how to analyze the stories our clients tell us.

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A Major Critique of REBT:

Revealing the many errors in the foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

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Also, we have added a reference to the research which shows that emotional pain and physical pain are both mediated and processed through significantly overlapping neural networks, which contradicts Dr Ellis’s claim that nobody could hurt you, except by hitting you with a baseball bat or a brick.

This is a comprehensive, scientific and philosophical  critique of the foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, as developed by Dr Albert Ellis; including the dismantling of the philosophical foundations of the ABC model; and a decimating critique of the concept of unconditional self-acceptance. Almost nothing is left of REBT when the dust settles, apart from the system called Rational Emotive Imagery, which Dr Ellis borrowed from Maxi Maultsby.

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Price: £23.58 GBP (Paperback) and £6.99 GBP (Kindle eBook).

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If you want to know the essence of our critique of REBT, but you don’t want to have to read 500+ pages, then this 150 page summary should appeal to you:

Discounting Our Bodies:

A brief, critical review of REBT’s flaws

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This book is a brief, summary critique of the main errors contained in the foundations of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) theory. And especially the invalidity of the ABC model, which asserts that nothing other than beliefs intervenes between a negative experience and an emotional-behavioural reaction. (The body is ignored, een though we know that diet, exercise and sleep patterns all affect our emotional state and our emotional resilience!)

Paperback only (at the moment). Price £9.50 GBP

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Discounting our Bodies.***

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The Amoralism of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT):

The mishandling of self-acceptance and unfairness issues by Albert Ellis

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This book is an extensive, detailed critique of two of the central ideas of REBT:

(1) The concept of ‘unconditional self-acceptance’; and

(2) The idea that life is fundamentally unfair, and that it should be accepted as such, and never complained about.

In the process we also deal with Albert Ellis’s idea that people should never be blamed for anything; that praise and blame are bad; that guilt and shame are to be eliminated, and never taken to be indicators that we’ve done something wrong. Along the way we have a debate with Dr Michael Edelstein about the role of fairness in couple relationships.

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The Amoralizm of REBT.***


Albert Ellis and the Unhappy Golfer:

A critique of the simplistic ABC model of REBT

By Dr Jim Byrne

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This is a book of reflections upon a case study, presented by Dr Ellis in his 1962 book about the theory of Rational Therapy.

The ‘unhappy golfer’ is in Dr Albert Ellis’s office, in New York City, somewhere around the end of the 1950’s.  He tells Dr Ellis that he feels terribly unhappy about being rejected by his golfing peers, and Dr Ellis tells him: This is something you are doing to yourself!

Ellis uses the unhappy golfer to introduce his readers to his simple ABC model of Rational (REB) Therapy, which claims – in those places that matter most – that a person cannot be upset emotionally in any way other than by their own beliefs!

This book sets out to refute this simplistic idea.

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Albert Ellis and the Unhappy Golfer.***

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Daniel O’Beeve’s Amazing Journey: From traumatic origins to transcendent love

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It is rare that any of us gets a chance to peer inside the life of a troubled individual, from a dysfunctional family, and to have our lives enriched by their struggles for freedom and self-understanding.  Furthermore, their quest for love in a cold world can motivate us to keep trying to promote our own emotional liberation.

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Available in Kindle eBook for £5.54 GBP

And in paperback for £27.38 GBP:

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Daniel’s Amazing Journey.***


The Relentless Flow of Fate

By Kurt Llama Byron

An Inspector Glasheen Mystery

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The Relentless Flow of Fate.***

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Paperback only at the moment, for £11.95 GBP

Fiction is a great vehicle for teaching and learning about social relationships, psychological problems, and the law of karma.

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Dr Byrne has recently healed his hips of arthritis, despite being told by a chiropractor that arthritis is incurable, and that he would have to have hip operations sooner rather than later.  He has also healed his own low back pain; and sciatic fibrillations in the back of his upper legs.

Now he is writing up his healing journey in a book that will be helpful to millions of pain sufferers all over the world.

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Postscript

If you are interested in learning from two highly creative, hard-working, and free-thinking scientific and philosophical researchers/writers, who care deeply about human suffering, and who refuse to follow the crowd, then please take a look at our books, above.

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