Are you truly in danger or has your brain simply "tricked" you into thinking you are? In The Worry Trick, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows how anxiety hijacks the brain and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry, once and for all.
Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this book is designed to help you break the cycle of worry.
Worry convinces us there's danger, and then tricks us into getting into fight, flight, or freeze mode—even when there is no danger. The techniques in this book, rather than encouraging you to avoid or try to resist anxiety, shows you how to see the trick that underlies your anxious thoughts, and how avoidance can backfire and make anxiety worse.
If you’re ready to start observing your anxious feelings with distance and clarity—rather than getting tricked once again—this book will show you how.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
David A. Carbonell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in Chicago, IL. He is the “coach” at www.anxietycoach.com, and author of Panic Attacks Workbook. Foreword writer Sally M. Winston, PsyD, founded and directed the anxiety disorders treatment program at The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She served as the first chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and received their inaugural Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award. She is coauthor of What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Anxiety Disorders.
Table of Contents
1 The Worry Trick 7
2 It's All In My Head-and I Wish It Would Leave! 23
3 Your Dual Relationship with Worry 43
4 Feeling Afraid in the Absence of Danger: How Odd Is That? 63
5 Putting Out Fires with Gasoline, and the Rule of Opposites 79
6 The Mad Libs of Anxiety: Catch the Worries Before They Catch You 95
7 Thinking About Thoughts 109
8 Uncle Argument and Your Relationship with Worry 125
9 AHA! Three Steps for Handling Chronic Worry 141
10 Your Daily Worry Workout 157
11 The Worry Parasite 179
12 Breaking the Secrecy Trap 191
13 Specialized Worries: Sleep and Illness 205
14 Closing Thoughts: There's Something Funny About Worry… 225
Carbonell resides in Oak Park, Ill.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a helpful and simply written book on chronic worrying. The author had a great sense of humor that reminded me not to take my thoughts so seriously and made it an enjoyable read. I took away many great tips on handling my worries. Highly recommend
I read this because three people in my life deal with obsessive worry and/or panic attacks, so this review is by a person coming from a somewhat removed position. The 3 stars I rate it with are upward-qualified for greater value contained within. Carbonell presents what are probably several really effective strategies of dealing with worrying. He gives a straightforward reasoning about what feeds worrying, why common behaviors and traditional approaches (even somewhat newer ones such as cognitive restructuring) just do not work. His approaches make a lot of sense to me, and seem like they would be highly effective - certainly worth trying. That right there makes this book well worth its cost. To me, this book could be greatly improved if the prolonged repetition were edited. For example, it seems the first seven chapters could easily be pruned into only two. Saying that, though, remember that I am not a person who struggles with this issue. Having struggled terribly with depression in my past, I remember that a very helpful psychologist repeated certain key things over and over, and for me that was highly beneficial, because they finally sank in. Perhaps the repetition here is soothing and demonstrates understanding for readers who seek the help this book holds. I certainly would not refrain from buying this book because of that - just remember that if that whole first half seems unnecessarily repetitive to you while reading, the gems in the last part make it worthwhile to keep with it.