Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up

Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up

by Lara E. Fielding PsyD


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Discover smart and entertaining strategies for dealing with difficult emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, and uncertainty. More than just “adulting”—this book will give you the real emotional skills you need to thrive!

Whether you’re graduating from college, starting a career, trying to gain financial independence, or creating meaningful relationships—entering into the world of grownups can be more than a little overwhelming. And while there are plenty of fun books out there for young adults offering advice on how to fix a leaky faucet or find the right apartment, none really delve into the deeply emotional aspects of growing up.

In Mastering Adulthood, psychologist Lara Fielding offers evidence-based skills to help you cope with the feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and stress that may be getting in the way of living an independent, fulfilling adult life. Drawing on case examples from young adults she’s worked with in her private practice, Fielding provides empowering strategies and skills for managing difficult emotions using mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

When you experience big life changes that cause you stress, you need emotional flexibility to reach your goals and be your best self. Using the skills in this book, you’ll learn to take charge of your emotional habits, stop feeling stuck, and discover what really matters to you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684031931
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 375,116
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lara E. Fielding, PsyD, is a psychologist who specializes in using mindfulness-based therapies to manage stress and strong emotions. She studied the psychophysiology of stress and emotions at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Harvard; before getting her doctorate at Pepperdine University graduate school of education and psychology, where she is currently adjunct professor.

In her private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, she specializes in treating young adults challenged by the stresses of transitioning roles and responsibilities resulting in difficulties with mood, motivation, and emotion regulation. Her values mission, and aim of her work, is to empower young adults through self-awareness, bridge the gap between research and people, and lowering barriers to availability of science-based mental health interventions. She frequently offers trainings in the community, and freely shares the skills she teaches in her blogs on Thrive Global,, and

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Waking Up to the Universal You

1 The Emotional Habits That Bind Us 12

2 Your Mind-Body Vehicle: Your Holistic System 27

3 Passengers: The Hijackers and Bullies 44

4 Learning to Love Your Passengers 57

Part II Unique You: Getting Self-Aware

5 Tuning In to Your Autopilot Patterns 74

6 Setting Your GPS for True North 94

7 Putting Your Vehicle in Gear: Making a Commitment 109

Part III Skillful You: Getting Skilled Up for Mastering Adulthood

8 Making Nice with Emotions: Validation Skills 122

9 Keeping a Wise Eye on Thoughts: Check Skills 140

10 Taking Control of Your Actions: Change Skills 157

Part IV Successful You: Maintaining Commitment to Yourself and Others

11 Sharing the Road with Other Drivers 178

12 Shifting from Autopilot to Mindful-Mastery 192

Acknowledgments 205

References 207

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