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Kristian Hall

How to Overcome Depression through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Positive Psychology

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'Rise from Darkness' by Kristian Hall is a guide on how to overcome depression and anxiety. Hall shares his personal journey and offers practical steps to improve mental health and well-being. The book offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with mental illness.

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    The way our brains filter information can make situations seem a lot worse than they are.

    Every image of the world you perceive is first turned upside-down by the lenses in your eyes and then flipped again by the visual cortex in your brain.

    Your visual cortex acts as a filter – your brain indeed has many filters – but sometimes these filters can do more harm than good.

    In short, mental filters affect how we perceive the world and are the reason why everybody experiences life differently.

    Picture two friends, a man and a woman, walking through a park. Suddenly a dog runs up to them. The man had a traumatic experience with dogs as a child; he becomes terrified as the dog approaches. The woman grew up around dogs, so she knows the chubby Labrador has just come to say hello.

    Filters serve an important purpose, in that they enable us to make sense of a complex world.

    Filters break down information to help us understand, allowing us to recognize patterns in everything from news stories to the behavior of friends and family. Our views and values, from politics to personal ethics, are affected by these filters.

    Mental filters can also malfunction, however, and distort our perception of reality.

    We tend to view the world through a lens colored by our beliefs, ignoring anything that contradicts those beliefs. If you see people as inherently untrustworthy, for example, then you’re going to see more bad than good in people in general.

    Psychologists Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté call this the Velcro/Teflon effect. Anything that backs up our beliefs sticks like Velcro, while anything that contradicts them slides off like non-stick Teflon.

    We form many of our filters as children by paying attention to those around us. Because of this, it’s a good idea to inspect your beliefs and see whether you need to “update” them.

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    What is Rise from Darkness about?

    Rise from Darkness: How to Overcome Depression through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Positive Psychology (2015) details techniques anyone can use to help overcome depression. These blinks explore the causes of depression and map out the near- and long-term strategies readers can use to develop a recovery program.

    Rise from Darkness Review

    Rise from Darkness (2016) by Kristian Hall is a powerful exploration of overcoming depression and finding inner strength. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Through personal stories and practical exercises, the book offers a roadmap for finding light in the darkest of times.
    • Hall's vulnerability and honesty make the book relatable and inspire hope, showing that it is possible to rise above depression.
    • With its emphasis on self-empowerment and holistic healing, the book provides a comprehensive approach to mental well-being that goes beyond medication.

    Best quote from Rise from Darkness

    If I were to point out just one simple habit that reduces depression it would be thankfulness.

    —Kristian Hall
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    Who should read Rise from Darkness?

    • Anyone suffering from depression
    • People who want to help depressed friends or family members
    • Anyone seeking to change their lives for the better

    About the Author

    Author Kristian Hall overcame a decade of depression by researching and practicing techniques from positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. He lives in Norway, and this is his first book.

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    What is the main message of Rise from Darkness?

    The main message of Rise from Darkness is finding hope and healing amidst depression and anxiety.

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    Is Rise from Darkness a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Rise from Darkness is a valuable read for anyone looking to overcome and understand depression and anxiety. It provides insight and practical guidance for finding light in the darkness.

    Who is the author of Rise from Darkness?

    Kristian Hall is the author of Rise from Darkness.

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