You can't take care of the world without taking care of yourself. Although therapy can often help alleviate anxiety or depression, activists can also apply therapy-based strategies as part of their self-care. This book provides empirically supported strategies from cognitive behavior therapies and other psychological interventions for coping with the challenges of difficult, yet meaningful work.Readers will learn how to clarify their values, identify their strengths, manage their emotions and relationships, and incorporate self-care as part of their personal and professional development. A rich catalog of case examples, exercises, and actionable ideas make this book a comprehensive toolkit for people who want to take their social engagement to the next level in a healthy and productive way.
Dara G. Friedman-Wheeler, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Maryland and research psychologist at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She is also on the speakers' faculty of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She conducts workshops on CBT around the country and virtually and has recently begun conducting workshops on "taking care of yourself while taking care of the world" for those doing work in social justice or advocacy fields.
Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author of critically acclaimed books on science, politics and human rights. Her latest book, The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move, explores our centuries-long assumptions about migration through science, history, and reporting, predicting its lifesaving power in the face of climate change. A finalist for the 2021 PEN/E.O Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, it was selected as a best nonfiction book of 2020 by Publishers Weekly, a best science book of 2020 by Amazon, a best science and technology book of 2020 by Library Journal, and a Tata Literature Live! finalist for the best book of the year. Author and activist Naomi Klein calls it a “dazzlingly original picture,” “rich with eclectic research and on-the-ground reporting,” and a “story threaded with joy and inspiration.”
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