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Building a Life Worth Living (Digital Audiobook)

A Memoir

By Marsha M. Linehan, Hillary Huber (Narrator), Stephen Mendel (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 6, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/5/2021)
Hardcover (1/7/2020)

Description

Marsha Linehan tells the story of her journey from suicidal teenager to world-renowned developer of the life-saving behavioral therapy DBT, using her own struggle to develop life skills for others.

“This book is a victory on both sides of the page.”—Gloria Steinem

“Are you one of us?” a patient once asked Marsha Linehan, the world-renowned psychologist who developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy. “Because if you were, it would give all of us so much hope.” 

Over the years, DBT had saved the lives of countless people fighting depression and suicidal thoughts, but Linehan had never revealed that her pioneering work was inspired by her own desperate struggles as a young woman. Only when she received this question did she finally decide to tell her story.

In this remarkable and inspiring memoir, Linehan describes how, when she was eighteen years old, she began an abrupt downward spiral from popular teenager to suicidal young woman. After several miserable years in a psychiatric institute, Linehan made a vow that if she could get out of emotional hell, she would try to find a way to help others get out of hell too, and to build a life worth living.  She went on to put herself through night school and college, living at a YWCA and often scraping together spare change to buy food. She went on to get her PhD in psychology, specializing in behavior therapy. In the 1980s, she achieved a breakthrough when she developed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, a therapeutic approach that combines acceptance of the self and ways to change. Linehan included mindfulness as a key component in therapy treatment, along with original and specific life-skill techniques. She says, "You can't think yourself into new ways of acting; you can only act yourself into new ways of thinking."

Throughout her extraordinary scientific career, Marsha Linehan remained a woman of deep spirituality. Her powerful and moving story is one of faith and perseverance. Linehan shows, in Building a Life Worth Living, how the principles of DBT really work—and how, using her life skills and techniques, people can build lives worth living.


About the Author

DR. MARSHA LINEHAN, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a professor of psychology and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington. She is also the Director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, where she conducts research to develop and evaluate treatments for severe and complex mental disorders. She has an ongoing clinical practice and is active in consultation, supervision, and training of mental health professionals around the world. DBT was celebrated by Time in the book 100 New Scientific Discoveries. In 2016, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies honored Dr. Linehan with a Career/Lifetime Achievement award.