The Problem-Solving approach is a tool that teaches you to be involved in a constructive thinking process that is flexible and effective in dealing with the problem at hand. The main stages of this process include defining your problem, thinking over possible solutions, evaluating them, making a plan, and putting this plan into action. All these activities characterize problem-solving as a practical process that leads you to focus on your current problem instead of problems in general.
By adopting the problem-solving strategy proposed in this workbook, you’ll need to give yourself the best chance of dealing with problems well. Be aware that going through the assignments recommended in this workbook, you will need to spend your energy concentrating on their completion. If you substitute your worrying time for your thinking time to find a solution, you’ll achieve the greater results to resolve problems in your life.
Inna B. Mertsalova, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.Sc. was performing stress reduction workshops for the public in community centres in the Greater Toronto Area. She has performed extensive research in psycho-oncology, focusing on how humans’ vulnerability to stress reactions might influence the physiological state of the body. For the last ten years, Dr. Mertsalova has been extensively studying the role of stress and personality in the development and progression of a variety of physiological illnesses. Believing that knowledge empowers us to understand how we become ill due to stress, she provides the results of health psychology research to the public by writing literature reviews.
She is the author of The Solving Life’s Problems Workbook. She is a certified specialist in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for practical solutions to real-world problems from the Gail Appel Institute. Also, she is a certified hypnotherapist from the National Guild of Hypnotherapists.
She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario with her husband and younger daughter. Her older kids are living independently with their families. Her house is full of pets: a borzoi puppy Yaroslav (Yarik), a kitten Freyja, and two bunnies. Living in the forest makes her responsible for taking care wild animals and birds.
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