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Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?: The No 1 Sunday Times

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‘Sound wisdom, easy to gulp down. I’m sure this book is already helping lots of people. Great work, Dr Julie’ MATT HAIG, bestselling author of REASONS TO STAY ALIVE

‘Brilliant. Bite-size. Easy to understand. Easy to flick through. It’s like a reference to how you feel’ Phillip Schofield on ITV’s THIS MORNING

THE NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘Julie Smith is the psychology teacher you wish you’d had at school’ EVENING STANDARD

‘This book is a goldmine. I truly treat it like a handbook now’ STYLIST

‘It’s real, it’s authentic . . . Very practical and very, very helpful’ LORRAINE KELLY

Discover exactly how to navigate life’s many ups and downs with the essential and empowering guidance of TikTok sensation, Dr. Julie

AS FEATURED IN THE OBSERVER, STYLIST, EVENING STANDARD, WOMEN’S HEALTH, MARIE CLAIRE AND GRAZIA

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Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, online sensation Dr Julie Smith shares all the skills you need to get through life’s ups and downs.

Filled with secrets from a therapist’s toolkit, this is a must-have handbook for optimising your mental health. Dr Julie’s simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way.

Written in short, bite-sized entries, you can turn straight to the section you need depending on the challenge you’re facing – and immediately find the appropriate tools to help with . . .

– Managing anxiety

– Dealing with criticism

– Battling low mood

– Building self-confidence

– Finding motivation

– Learning to forgive yourself

This book tackles the everyday issues that affect us all and offers easy, practical solutions that might just change your life.

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‘Sound, therapeutic wisdom that is easy to gulp down. Full of principles and advice that work and comfort whether you are in a very bad situation or an everyday worrying one. I’m sure this book is already helping lots of people. Great work, Dr Julie’ MATT HAIG, bestselling author of REASONS TO STAY ALIVE

I’m blown away by her ability to communicate difficult ideas with ease, simplicity and practicality. Amazing. Go and buy it now!’ Jay Shetty

‘Relatable, real and easy to digest . . . As if your wise best friend is chatting to you. An essential mental-health bible for adults and teenagers’ YOU Magazine

‘If you want to feel like you have a therapist sitting across from you, empowering you with how to be your best self, this book is for you!’ Nicole LePera, New York Times bestselling author of How to Do the Work

‘Smart, insightful, and warm. Dr Julie is both the expert and wise friend we all need’ Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and co-host of the ‘Dear Therapists’ podcast

141 reviews for Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?: The No 1 Sunday Times

  1. D P JORDAN (verified owner)

    A brilliant self help book

    Like a lot of people out there I suffer with anxiety and have had some very low moments over the past few years. Prior to lockdown, I came out of a very bad relationship, for the following two years in lockdown I spent all the time alone with my thoughts, going over and over in my head. I had been put on medication by my doctor but that made me feel worse so I stopped taking it. I felt like there was nothing I could do to fix myself, I didn’t want to talk to others as most people I talk to have their own problems.There is more to the story but let’s talk about the book that sent me in a better direction. Now I am not really into reading books, but I had been following Dr.Julie on Instagram and had found her advice very helpful. I decided to purchase this book, as I said I am not much of a reader but I found the book very easy to follow and understand. There were so many things in the book that I could relate to and it made me feel like I was not alone, that others out there have the same struggles that I have. There are some simple tasks in the book that are very helpful when in a low mood or a situation where I have struggled to cope with.I bought the book just after release, I have finished reading it but find myself going back to it when my day isn’t going so well. This book offers some great advice in a simple, easy-to-understand format.

  2. agent zigzag (verified owner)

    Excellent- easy to digest snippets of wisdom and advice from a professional

    Really like this book- author is not preachy and advice is accessible. Great to dip into, like a supportive knowledgeable friend.Suitable for general self help. Author reminds people to seek further professional advice and guidance regarding any more serious MH issues.I like this book as the author has the medical /professional credentials whilst being accessible and friendly which to me is the best of both worlds. There’s a lot of dry academic stuff out there and some vapid celebrity ones and this book strikes the right balance for me.Very pleased!

  3. Robert ‘Bob’ Macespera (verified owner)

    Very good

    The first thing we read about the author in this book (in the dust jacket literally after the book’s title), is that Dr Julie Smith is “a social media superstar … “. First things first; these are the signs of these times. Truth to be told, then the entry carries on introducing Dr Smith as a “trained psychologist” – there’s still hope.A large online presence has brought Dr Smith remarkable fame. In her “bites” (as she likes to call them), short pieces of advice to cope better with everyday life uploaded to an online platform, Julie always looks relaxed, happy, often enthusiastic. She likes retorting basic examples, using often pieces of fruit and biscuits. Big cups of grains of rice become large populations. Sometimes she jumps up and down on a chair to explain why is OK to be happy, or turns the screen into black and white to denote pessimism. These snippets have given Dr Smith followers by the millions. Too much? No, because she’s good at what she does, which is explaining an intricate science (psychology) to the layperson. Even better, her advice is always practical, not abstract. She reaches a large audience because she’s thorough in what she does, but also simple – in the best meaning of the word, she knows what’s good for the spectator and how to reach him, she’s no “celebrity” blabbing platitudes. She’s an actual scientist, and it shows.At the beginning of her book (her first, surely not her last) Dr Smith explains that said book is “the details” of her mini-clips. She thought that there was something missing in those clips, due to the format constraints, so here it is. Quite a fair point; this book is the elaboration beyond the “bites”, what she’s left behind for clarity and brevity. And, yet again, she’s nailed it, because the book is a worthy piece of counsel and which can be enjoyed with or without the mini videoclips.Dr Smith gathers the right skills necessary to succeed in “popular science”: she’s knowledgeable, passionate and writes well; and also, she expresses herself very clearly – thankfully, there’s no jargon or unnecessary long words for show. Furthermore, she’s very warm – the pages look often like long letters writen by our favorite cousin. And so, with these foundations, the book starts and goes well, and then never drags, never fails; it never loses the reader’s attention.Dr Smith goes for width rather than depth and this helps: the book feels well balanced. And at the same time, the author’s honesty and cautiousness are ever-present: she explains (repeatedly) that the text is no magic formula for happiness, only a set of tools that, consistently applied, will help the reader. There’re some examples along the pages, but Dr Smith never falls for the mistake (tediously common in popular science) of retorting constantly to examples to fill whole chapters. She does not need that: she knows quite well her trade and is merely willing to share her knowledge and experiences with her followers. And yet again, in the clearest of ways, perhaps at some points treading dangerously (but never falling) for a too simplistic ground. Yet Dr Smith never crosses this line and she never addresses her readings from above, lecturing, much less patronizing her audience. There are many icons and arrows in the book, but the reader never feels treated lightly. On the contrary, the surface is plain, but the core of the book (the “tools”) is quite worthy.And what’s wrong with the book? Not much, nothing important. Perhaps the reader could do with less graphics, drawings and charts. These take a good percentage of the total space, a bit too much – for instance, a simple box with three blank columns “Values – goals – day to day”, a template for the reader to make his / her own charts, takes a whole page. Is that necessary?And related to the previous, this is one against the publisher. The book falls for a common failure: it has 352 pages in the first hardback edition and should have been 152. Not that the text should be shorter, but the spaces, the whole pages containing a title, the chapter divisions and the pages with one or two paragraphs are all unnecessary and mere distractions (and a sad waste of paper), just to make a larger book, perhaps thinking that this will make it more interesting or worthier. As if a volume would be better for merely being thicker. A big mistake, unfortunately quite common these days.But yet again, the book is good and it could (and should) be only the first of a long and illustrious career. Dr Julie Smith has a lot to tell and she’s happy to share it; that’s very good news.

  4. LW517 (verified owner)

    The book that we all need in our lives!

    Dr Julie has been a wonderful inspiration for many, especially me as I progressed through my studies. This book is ever so wonderfully written, full of advice and methods to help guide one through many different situations and emotions that we all face in life. Not only that, this book gives us further understanding of our mental health and is a book that I recommend everyone reads!

  5. Kate D (verified owner)

    A book to be shared.

    I’ve been following Dr. Julie on social media for a while so her book was a top priority purchase for me. As her introduction says, you don’t need to be struggling before you pick up this book. I’ve dipped in to chapters that I feel drawn too and already I can see the potential for helping not only me but my family too.

  6. H (verified owner)

    Everyone should have this book!

    Absolutely made up with this book. It’s not only going to be helpful to me but it’s going to help my coaching clients too. It’s filled with practical knowledge that you just won’t find on google. I highly recommend this book for everyone.IG: @hananesalamacoaching

  7. ashleigh yeaman (verified owner)

    The life saver! Just what I needed and filled my hopes into aiding self when in a dark place!

    This book came out just when I needed a lifeline the most! I am halfway through the book and only got delivered hours ago.Literally what it says on the tin! WHY HASNT NOBODY TOLD ME THIS BEFORE!! Thank you so much for providing the tools needed to aid areas that impact mental health!I can not wait to use these tools within my work setting to support the patients including educating my daughter on mindfulness techniques and healthy tools!Was just watching your live on TikTok and so happy for you! This is amazing and these tools could aid within mental health services! I’ll be forwarding these onto my university and placement settings.Thank you so much

  8. Frank (verified owner)

    Dr J in my pocket / A life changing and saving read.

    This was the easiest 5 star review I could write! Over the last few years we have had our challenges but Dr Julie has been by the proverbial side through different forums and the book is the cherry on the top.While reading this book you can feel a sense of warmth around you making you feel that you are not alone or not to be ashamed of our vulnerabilities. It is out emotions that define us and we should embrace them. The book guides you in a concise and empathetic manner sitting proudly beside me wherever I am / should I need to refer to it. You can target each topic as and when you need.It is more than a book for me, it is a symbol of hope that we all have our place in the world and there are good people out there caring and supporting us raising mental health awareness. My only wish was that Dr Julie and the book were there when I was younger in my darkest times but I am glad she, and the book is by my side now when my thoughts started to wonder in a negative zone or feeling low. I would go as far to the book is inspiring and life-saving, I genuinely mean that.Even writing this I am tearful but have a sense of joy knowing that I am not alone and that mental health is no laughing matter or makes me a lesser person. I am grateful for everything Dr Julie does and will continue to spread her good work to friends and family.Dr Julie comes across as someone an absolute expert in her field with a genuine care, the world could really learn a lot from her. My final comment is “WHY HASN’T NOBODY TOLD ME THIS BEFORE!”

  9. Catherine_C (verified owner)

    Absolute Bible for Everyday Emotional Survival

    I discovered Dr Julie Smith on Social Media throughout *that pandemic* and was delighted to buy this book yesterday.The book is concise, informative and designed to be read and picked up when there are certain emotions we are finding difficult to tackle – how to recognise short term numbing processes and alleviate the negative thought/emotional biases we encounter when life deals us an unfair hand.As one who has suffered innumerable setbacks in life, with frequent “Why am I so different for feeling so strongly when others seem to ride through life and tell me I’m too over sensitive” thoughts and feelings, I’m going to learn to counter them with helpful tools Dr Julie has set out so that I can build more “resilience” in future.In my mid 40s I thought I would have it all figured out. It’s not the case at all and I’m reassured this book is going to help me identify where I could help myself better in future.

  10. Katie Hughes (verified owner)

    Beautiful book ❤️

    after following Dr Julie on social media for the longest time and being a massive fan of her work I knew I HAD to get this book. I have just started it and I can’t put it down. The 1st Chapter about low moods honestly made me cry when reading.. I actually feel seen! I thought it was just me who gets these feelings but I am so relieved to learn other do too. I am so excited to carry on reading to learn the life skills of dealing with these feelings. Thank you so much Dr Julie. 💕

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