From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears

From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears

by Daniel B. Peters


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From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears by Daniel B. Peters

From Worrier to Warrior, a companion book to Make Your Worrier a Warrior (for parents), is designed to teach you how to conquer the Worry Monster. This book shows you how to overcome worry and fear using several easy-to-follow strategies. Read the book and learn the strategies yourself, or read along with a parent or other adult. From Worrier to Warrior will teach you how to create your very own “toolbox” of ways to combat fear and anxiety to carry with you and conquer the Worry Monster at any time. With these tools, you will be able to overcome whatever challenges come your way!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935067245
Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2013
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 239,553
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Dr. Dan Peters is a licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to the assessment, consultation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in learning differences, anxiety, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. He is passionate about helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential. Dr. Peters is co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center. He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today and is a frequent media guest. Dr. Peters speaks regularly at state and national conferences and writes on topics related to parenting, learning differences, and education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

So How Did I Become an Anxiety Expert? 1

Why This Book? 5

About This Book 6

Chapter 1 Who Is the Worry Monster? 9

Some Examples of Worriers 9

Pulling Back the Curtain 13

Things to Remember 14

Chapter 2 Anxiety and the Fear Response 15

The Survival Response 16

Things to Remember 21

Chapter 3 Types of Anxiety and What They Look Like 23

Generalized Anxiety 24

Panic Attacks 24

Agoraphobia 25

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 26

Specific Phobia 26

Social Phobia 27

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 28

Separation Anxiety 28

Perfectionism 29

Eating Disorders 30

What If This Stuff Describes You? 32

What Does Anxiety Look and Feel Like? 33

Avoidance 34

Things to Remember 36

Chapter 4 Cognitive (Thinking) Model of Anxiety 37

Thoughts Cause Feelings 38

How the Worry Monster Works 39

Here Comes Adrenaline! 40

Activity: Where Do You Feel It? 40

Taking on the Worry Monster 41

Things to Remember 41

Chapter 5 Thinking Errors 43

Catastrophizing 44

All or Nothing Thinking 44

Filtering 44

Selective Attention 45

Magnifying 45

Shoulds 46

Mind Reading 46

Personalizing 46

Overgeneralizing 47

Probability Overestimation 47

Additional Thinking Errors 47

"What if…?" 48

"What will people think…?" 48

The Short List 49

Activity: What Are Your Thinking Patterns? 49

Things to Remember 50

Things to Do 50

Thinking Patterns Activity Answers 51

Chapter 6 Cognitive (Thinking) Strategies 53

Four Steps 54

An Example of When I Changed My Thinking 58

Additional Cognitive (Thinking) Strategies 59

Positive Self-Talk 59

Worry Time 61

Worry Box 62

"And Then What?" 62

Planning for Worst-Case Scenarios 62

Things to Remember 63

Chapter 7 Mindfulness-Based Interventions 65

Staying in the Present 65

Letting Thoughts Pass 69

Controlling Your Breathing 70

Activity: Belly Breathing 71

Things to Remember 73

Things to Do 73

Chapter 8 Behavioral Interventions: Practice, Practice, Practice! 75

Systematic Desensitization, Success Ladders, and Baby Steps 76

Behavioral Rehearsal 81

Response Inhibition (Don't Do It!) 83

Fake II to Make It 85

Pleasure Predicting 87

Taking a Risk 88

Prescribing Failure 89

More Strategies to Defeat the Perfectionist Monster 91

Sticking to the Plan 91

Setting Realistic Expectations 92

Planning Alternative Paths 93

Being Resilient 95

Things to Remember 96

Chapter 9 Patrick, Savannah, and Drew 97

Patrick 97

Helping Patrick Fight the Worry and OCD Monsters 98

Identifying Patrick's Irrational and Worrisome Thoughts 98

Changing Patrick's Thinking 99

Patrick's Success Ladder and Scare Steps 99

Response Inhibition (Don't Do It!) and Practice, Practice, Practice 99

Strategies for Combating Worry 100

Coping Plan: Toolbox 101

Patrick's Success Ladder After Scaring Away the Worry Monster 101

Patrick's Current Thinking 102

Savannah 102

Helping Savannah Fight the Worry Monster 103

Identifying Savannah's Worrisome Thinking 103

Challenging and Changing Savannah's Thinking 104

Reinforcing the Battle Plan 105

Drew 106

Identifying Drew's Worrisome Thinking 107

Changing Drew's Thinking 107

Setting Up a Behavior Plan 107

Drew's Toolbox 109

Chapter Summary 110

Things to Remember 110

Things to Do 110

Chapter 10 Making a Plan to Tame the Worry Monster 111

Making and Working the Plan 111

Step 1 Remember How Your Brain and Body Work When You Are Scared 112

Step 2 Identify Body Feelings 112

Step 3 Externalize the Problem 113

Step 4 Make a Worry List 114

Step 5 Make a Success Ladder 114

Step 6 Identify Worrisome and Fearful Thinking 115

Step 7 Change and Modify Thinking 115

Step 8 Practice, Practice, Practice! 117

Step 9 Develop a Coping Toolbox 117

And Poof, He's Gone! 119

Things to Remember 119

Things to Do 120

Chapter 11 Troubleshooting and Healthy Habits 121

Troubleshooting 121

Start with a Victory 121

Look at Your Reinforcement Plan 122

Try Working on a Different Worry or Fear 122

Try a Different Thinking Strategy 122

Distraction 122

Add More Tools 122

Diet and Exercise 123

Sleep 124

What If the Worry Monster Still Won't Go Away? 125

Things to Remember 126

Things to Do 127

Chapter 12 Conclusion 129

Bringing It Home 129

Suggested Reading and Resources 133

Endnotes 137

References 139

Index 141

About the Author 143

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From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this insightful book by Dr. Peters.  He explains with clarity how the Worry Monster affects us all, not only children, but adults of any age.  His easy to read style and examples of himself and his family bring home how we all have anxieties and the way to cope and conquer them is so within our grasp.  Highly recommended reading for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The strategies and practical approach that Dr. Dan Peters outlines in this book really works for my son who has school anxiety, and for my husband and I as we try to delicately help him to manage his anxiety. Sometimes we are lost for what to do and this book and approach gave all of us the tools we needed to help get through some rough moments. My son very much understood the description of the amygdala and how it sends flight or fight responses and that has tremendously helped him knowing what was causing his body to react the way it does. Thank you Dr. Peters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to all families that struggle with anxiety and worry.  Dr. Dan Peters demystifies the reasons we experience anxiety and offers empowering strategies to help us conquer our fears so that we can keep moving forward on life's journey.