Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want

Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want

by Tamar E. Chansky


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738214832
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 374,658
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Psychologist Tamar Chansky, PhD, is the founder and director of the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety and the author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. She lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Story Is in the Telling and You Can Improve the Story ix

Part I Getting to Know Your Mind and How to Change It

1 Your Mind Under New Management 3

2 Getting Better at Risk and Uncertainty 13

3 Positive Thinking? Negative Thinking? Accurate Thinking 37

Part II The Four Steps: The Master Plan for Overcoming Anxious Thinking to Create the Life You Want

4 Step One: Pause and Relabel (or, Don't Believe Everything You Think) 57

5 Step Two: Get Specific: Narrow Down the Problem to the One Thing That Really Matters 73

6 Step Three: Optimize: Rethink What's Possible and Broaden Your Choices 93

7 Step Four: Mobilize: Don't Just Stand There, Do Something! 113

8 The Anxiety Disorders: When You Need More Help 133

Part III Additional Tools to Free Yourself

9 How to Overcome Your Fear of Anxious and Negative Feelings 155

10 Rounding Up Your Strengths 171

11 Disappointment Proofing: Having Better Expectations 187

12 Cultivating Empathy, Compassion, and Gratitude 207

Part IV Shortcuts: How to Find Your Way Through the Detours of Life

13 Thinking Differently About Anger, Jealousy, Loss, and Shame 227

14 How to Think Your Way Out of Procrastination, Perfectionism, Failure, and Criticism 257

Epilogue: Freeing Yourself for (Everyone's) Good 283

Acknowledgments 289

Index 293

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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be entertaining and very helpful.  Perhaps much of this is obvious to others, but her insights were new to me.  I listened to it in my car and bought the Nook version as well.  It is common sense in a very useful form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am finding it difficult to get through this book. It doesn't take people's anxiety seriously and so far the main message has been, "Get over yourself" or "Tell yourself not to think about bad things" This doesn't help anyone. I don't like it and if I hadn't paid for it, I would delete it. It was a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago