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Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict, and Reconnect with Your Partner

Anxious in Love: How to Manage Your Anxiety, Reduce Conflict, and Reconnect with Your Partner


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Healthy relationships require trust, intimacy, effective communication, and understanding. However, if you suffer from chronic anxiety you may have trouble dealing with everyday conflicts and tensions that can arise in relationships. No matter how committed you are, anxiety can leave you feeling distanced from your partner. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to overcome the anxiety-fueled reactions that keep you from achieving true closeness in your relationship.

Written by two experts on anxiety disorders, Anxious in Love offers easy-to-use techniques for calming anxieties and strengthening communication in your relationship. With this book, you will learn to stay centered when faced with conflict, understand your partner’s perspective, and become more independent. By changing the way you react to triggers and stress, you will be able to focus on enjoying time with the one you love, without anxiety getting in the way.

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ISBN-13: 9781608822317
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 232,990
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Daitch, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and certified Imago relationship therapist. She is the author of Affect Regulation Toolbox and Anxiety Disorders: The Go to Guide for Clients and Therapists. She is also a contributing author in Clinical Pearls of Wisdom: 21 Leading Therapists Offer Their Key Insights and Ten Commandments for Couples. She specializes in treating anxiety disorders; trains health professionals internationally on hypnosis, anxiety disorders, affect regulation, and relationship therapy; and is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, MI. Dr. Daitch lives in West Bloomfield, MI.

Lissah Lorberbaum, MA, holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in somatic psychology and treats affect dysregulation across a wide range of clientele. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

Part 1 Dialing Down Distress

1 Understanding Your Anxiety 9

2 Recognizing Your Anxiety Triggers and Plugging the Dam 41

3 Lowering Your Baseline Level of Anxiety: The Daily Stress Inoculation 67

Part 2 Connecting with the One You Love

4 Understanding Your Partner 89

5 Changing How You Handle Conflict 107

6 Increasing Compassion, Empathy, and Connection 125

Part 3 Taking It to the Next Level

7 Moving toward Healthy Interdependence 145

8 The Wise Relationship 161

9 Maintaining the Fruits of Your Labor 171


A Tips for Nonanxious Partners 179

B Exercise for Nonanxious Partners-Soften Judgment, Access Appreciation 183

C Anxious in Love The Book in Sixty Seconds 187

E Resources 189

References 197


West Bloomfield, MI (greater Detroit area) and the Los Angeles area.

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