Women Who Think Too Much: How to Break Free of Overthinking and Reclaim Your Life

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“Groundbreaking research . . . Women Who Think Too Much tells why overthinking occurs, why it hurts people, and how to stop.” —USA Today

It’s no surprise that our fast-paced, overly self-analytical culture is pushing many people—especially women—to spend countless hours thinking about negative ideas, feelings, and experiences. Renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema calls this overthinking, and her groundbreaking research shows that an increasing number of women—more than...

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Overview

“Groundbreaking research . . . Women Who Think Too Much tells why overthinking occurs, why it hurts people, and how to stop.” —USA Today

It’s no surprise that our fast-paced, overly self-analytical culture is pushing many people—especially women—to spend countless hours thinking about negative ideas, feelings, and experiences. Renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema calls this overthinking, and her groundbreaking research shows that an increasing number of women—more than half of those in her extensive study—are doing it too much and too often, leading to sadness, anxiety, and depression. She challenges the assumption—heralded by so many pop-psychology pundits of the last several decades—that constantly expressing and analyzing our emotions is a good thing.

In Women Who Think Too Much, Nolen-Hoeksema shows us what causes so many women to be overthinkers and provides concrete strategies that can be used to escape these negative thoughts, move to higher ground, and live more productively. Women Who Think Too Much will change lives, and is destined to become a self-help classic.

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“The question of whether Nolen-Hoeksema is onto something was slam-dunked by the ‘I know exactly what she means’ reactions of women who caught sight of the title.” —The Washington Post

“A must read for any woman who has ever felt stuck in her life, and any man who has been confused by why the women they love get so ‘caught up thinking’ they can’t enjoy life.

Nolen-Hoeksema offers practical methods to self-diagnose and pathways toward greater emotional freedom.” —William S. Pollack, Ph.D., author of Real Boys, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805075250
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 286,704
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her award-winning research has been funded by major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and several private foundations. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and son.

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Types of Overthinking:

Rant-and-Rave

This is the most familiar type of overthinking which usually centers on some wrong we believe has been done to us. Women prone to this kind of overthinking tend to take on an air of wounded self-righteousness and focus on designing retribution that will severely sting our victimizers.

Life-of-Their-Own

This type of overthinking begins innocently as we notice we're feeling upset or when we ponder a recent event. Then we begin to entertain possible causes for our feelings about the events. Overthinking causes us to exaggerate problems and make bad decisions.

Chaotic

This type of overthinking occurs when we don't move in a straight line from one problem to another. Instead, it is as if all kinds of concerns, many of them unrelated, flood our minds at the same time.

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Table of Contents

Part I An Epidemic of Overthinking
1. What's Wrong with Overthinking? 3
2. If It Hurts So Much, Why Do We Do It? 32
3. Women's Unique Vulnerabilities 48
Part II Strategies for Overcoming Overthinking
4. Breaking Free 59
5. Moving to Higher Ground 80
6. Avoiding Future Traps 105
Part III Triggers for Overthinking
7. Married to My Worries: Overthinking Intimate Relationships 133
8. Family Matters: Overthinking Our Parents and Siblings 152
9. The Parent Trap: Overthinking and Our Children 165
10. Always on the Job: Overthinking Work and Careers 184
11. Toxic Thoughts: Overthinking Health Problems 205
12. Can't Get Over It: Overthinking Loss and Trauma 221
13. Moving Our Society to Higher Ground 243
Notes 255
Resources 261
Acknowledgments 263
Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    All women need to read this book!

    I bought this book without even opening it, based on the title. I consistently analyze everything in my life...what if this happens, should I have done this, what did that comment mean? The author explains how thinking too much can literally stop one from being able to make good decisions, and even lead to depression. She also does a great job of explaining why women are especially vunerable to overthinking. Then she gives techniques to help us stop overanalyzing. When I started reading this book, I instantly felt relieved knowing that I am not the only woman alive who does think too much. Highly suggest.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2003

    OverThinking can be helped

    This book is sensitive to the pressures of contemporary society that increase "overthinking" and it is especially perceptive about the situation of women in America today. The author explains that overthinking is more than just worry, as worry about future events can be a constructive form of negative thinking. Overthinking is usually rumination about the past and negative self-thoughts that can get out of control and become chaotic. The book has useful "quick reference guides" that summarize helpful strategies described in the middle chapters. Overall, I found it to be an informative and very helpful book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    This book will change lives!

    I have read alot of self help books that I usually do not finish. I loved the style and context of 'Women Who Think Too Much' and read every page. I could relate to her common sense approach to help women put a stop to over thinking. It has helped me realize that it is OK to say 'STOP' when my mind is racing.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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