I Can Mend Your Broken Heart by Paul McKenna and Hugh Wilbourn

When I first started turning the pages of ‘I Can Mend Your Broken Heart’ by Paul McKenna, my first thought was ‘too wordy, written by someone who likes the sound of his own thoughts on paper.’ Something however, compelled me to read on
As I continued reading I realised that the reason I *thought* I didn’t like it was because it was basically very uncomfortable reading dealing with subject matter that, let’s face it, was going to make me squirm a bit. Just as good therapy does! And that is the key
When I first started turning the pages of ‘I Can Mend Your Broken Heart’ by Paul McKenna, my first thought was ‘too wordy, written by someone who likes the sound of his own thoughts on paper.’ Something however, compelled me to read on
As I continued reading I realised that the reason I *thought* I didn’t like it was because it was basically very uncomfortable reading dealing with subject matter that, let’s face it, was going to make me squirm a bit. Just as good therapy does! And that is the key to this book!
‘I Can Mend Your Broken Heart’ is basically a course of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to use on yourself. Time and again Paul McKenna discusses ‘reframing’ negative experiences, changing the way you think, and looking for the reason, the positive intent behind thoughts, actions and feelings. Primarily it is CBT for the broken hearted and focuses on relationships between couples, specifically broken relationships between couples – hence why it makes such uncomfortable reading!
I liked the exercises, although having read this book initially for review, I would now like to spend some time reading through it again more slowly and taking the time I need to explore the ideas further.
I give this book 3.5 stars.
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