‘Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control’ by Scott Spradlin, LPC, LMAC

Do you find yourself pulled to and fro throughout the day by a surge of emotions? Do you feel stuck, a victim of damaged relationships or self-sabotage? You could be a “high reactor,” someone who experiences emotions more intensely than others — even to the point of feeling out of control.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an eclectic mix of cognitive behavioral techniques, skills training and Buddhist wisdom, was the first effective treatment for patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. These individuals are emotionally sensitive and have challenges regulating their own emotions.

DBT has since been found effective for other conditions, from substance abuse and depression to bipolar disorder and anxiety. Its techniques can help anyone who feels like spikes of strong emotions are standing in the way of health, wholeness, better relationships or a more fulfilled life.

This Workbook Is For Anyone Who Wants…

• More clarity and control over emotions such as sorrow, anger and fear
• To break the cycle of depression and anxiety
• Real-world skills leading to emotional stability
• The ability to express your feelings in relationships
• More open, meaningful and joyful intimate relationships
• More encounters with beauty, awe and wonder
• To live a life that makes sense, even during chaos

Amazon Reviews

“This book is a joy to read. It offers (in simple to understand language) an understanding of your emotions and many tools on how to handle them. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially if you grew up in a family where your parents had emotional problems and were not able to offer you guidance or validation of your emotions while growing up.”

— Nature Lover

“I encourage many of my clients to purchase this book. Very helpful with emotional regulation and impulse control. Very user-friendly as well.”

— Kelly

In The Book You’ll Find:

A practical workbook complete with examples, evaluations and worksheets, developed from proven DBT techniques

Background on emotions and how they are a full-system response

The importance of mindfulness in recognizing our emotions in all their nuanced glory

How to identify your emotional triggers

Getting present with the “emotional fallout” — the consequences that result when we act on our emotions

How to challenge your self-talk

Concrete lifestyle changes to support emotional resilience

Exercises for changing strong emotions

“When your emotions light up, so does your whole body. A biological complex has been activated.”

— Scott Spradlin

Emotions: A Full-System Response

We often think of emotions as strictly feeling or sentiment, when in fact thoughts, such as interpretations, judgements and beliefs have the power to influence emotions. There’s also a “biological complex” of neurochemical activity and physiological actions that happens in our brain, lungs, heart and other bodily systems. When our emotions light up, so does our whole body. In “Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life,” Scott unravels this matrix of emotions, feelings and physiological urges, how they influence each other and how to regulate them. 

Learn concrete emotional techniques from a skilled and compassionate therapist in “Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life.”

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