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- Do you just worry about money instead of making concrete plans to earn more and/or spend less?
- Do you brood over what other people think of you, despite many reassurances that you don't need to?
- Do you feel apprehensive in the midst of success, as if "the other shoe" will have to drop sooner or later?
- Do you tend to pay off fate with worry, believing that if you just worry enough, bad luck will leave you alone?
- Do you often feel the undertow of old hurts in the present moment?
- Do you find that you don't worry when you should, but you do worry when you don't need to?
- Do you feel that fear holds you back in life?
- Do you ever have attacks of sudden anxiety or panicky feelings?
- Do you feel that your worrying gets in the way of your enjoying life, instead of being the useful guide nature meant it to be?
- Do you wish you could just "lighten up"?
What perhaps most distinguishes Hallowell's book is its innovative holistic approach. The author's multidimensional exploration of worry's causes balances genetic, physiological, psychosocial, and attitudinal influences. His guide to controlling worry draws upon a broad array of practices, involving not only meditation and psychotherapy, when appropriate, but also proper diet and sufficient sleep. And yet Hallowell, whose style is straightforward, engaging, and even conversational at times, is nothing if not pragmatic. A concluding chapter recommends everything from trying Kundalini yoga to buying insurance.
Hallowell's Worry shows that worry is a surmountable disorder, and through proper diagnosis and treatments, its destructive patterns can be overcome. Although Hallowell's recommendations will not all necessarily work for everyone, readers may still find much in this first-rate popular psychology book to better understand and control their anxieties, no matter how severe.