The book’s target audience appears to be nonmedical mental health workers with limited clinical experience. It identifies many common psychotherapeutic issues in depressive and manic episodes and in times of remission and articulates specific interventions for the therapist, to the point of suggesting the actual language to be used and the questions to be asked. Consistent with the overall cognitive framework, interpersonal problems are defined principally as errors in communication based on incorrect assumptions and misattributions. To help patients improve their communication, therapists are encouraged to play "the communication game," which is defined as assuming the role of coach and teaching "the players the basic rules," having them demonstrate the behavior and practice between sessions, watching them play, and providing feedback on ways in which they could improve their skills. Such strategies are undoubtedly helpful for certain types of psychosocial stresses, as illustrated by the clinical vignettes provided, reflecting common experiences in the course of treatment.