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Don’t Let Emotions Run Your Life

Book cover for Spradlin

This month’s book is “Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How dialectical behavior therapy can put you in control” by Scott E. Spradlin, A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook. This is a wonderful workbook that I have found to be invaluable for examining our own relationship with emotions. I bought it from Odin Books in Vancouver, which has all kinds of these ‘self-help’ type of workbooks. See

It explores such key concepts as the nature of emotions, naming and describing emotions, emotional triggers, validation, emotion regulation. It is chock full of critical ideas in developing EQ skills – from a therapeutic point of view.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is described as “an eclectic mix of cognitive behavioral techniques, skills training, and Buddhist wisdom.” This made me smile and think – aren’t there a lot of programs and approaches that can be described this way? ;-)

Check out this book, let me know what you think, and send me your nominations for our monthly book review.

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