Taking Out Your Mental Trash

A Consumer's Guide to Cognitive Restructuring Therapy

Rian E. McMullin (Author)


How can you take control of your life?

Why do negative thoughts sometimes predominate, despite your knowledge that they’re unfounded? Why do your best efforts to stave off these negative thoughts so often fail? What can you do to identify your core beliefs?

For the first time, there is a book that offers the consumer and the public what has previously been available only to professional audiences. This book is a layperson’s version of Dr. McMullin’s successful professional book—The New Handbook of Cognitive Restructuring Therapy (2000)—and his other professional works. Written by one of the founders of Cognitive Restructuring Therapy (CRT), Taking Out Your Mental Trash offers the key principles, techniques, and exercises necessary for a solid foundation in CRT. It incorporates Dr. McMullin’s three decades of full time clinical practice with many thousands of clients, from many different cultures, with many different problems. The book is written in an informal, personal style and presents reading guides, copious real life examples, step-by-step instructions, picture-forming stories, illustrations, and 53 exercises and 23 worksheets to help the reader. To date, it is one of the most accessible, reader friendly, and up-to-date books for the public on CRT. Packed with problem-tackling strategies on how to use McMullin’s own Cognitive Restructuring Therapy to overcome phobias, social anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, and more, this invaluable workbook promises to help you dump even the most stubborn negative thoughts. McMullin then helps you adopt fresh beliefs and, in doing so, reclaim meaning and control over your life.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • October 2005
  • ISBN 978-0-393-70487-7
  • 8 × 9.9 in / 336 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Dr. Rian McMullin has followed up his previous books for professionals with this one for the public. In Taking Out Your Mental Trash he’s clearly and directly cited the various types of mistaken beliefs with which we frequently upset ourselves, especially, ’I am superior to other people’ and ’I am a worthless slob for being inferior to others.’ He shows why ’self-esteem’ is misleading and how the reader can achieve unconditional self-acceptance. He gives many cognitive, emotional, and behavioral methods that can be used for self-help purposes. All told, this is an original, witty, and excellent book with which practically every reader who has a problem can gain help.” — Albert Ellis, Ph.D., Albert Ellis Institute, New York City

“What Rian McMullin has done for professionals, he has also done for the consumer. He has written a clear, comprehensive, and useful book. This is not for the faint of heart who wish to simply dabble at taking control of their lives. If readers carefully and seriously go through each of the steps and do the exercises that McMullin has developed, they will be able to take charge of their lives, their emotions, their thinking, and their relationships. This is a book that I will recommend to my patients.” — Arthur Freeman, Ed.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana

“[A] highly accessible guide . . . a useful adjunct to therapy.” — Human Givens Journal

“An invaluable tool for effective change.” — California Bookwatch

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