The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It

The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It


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ISBN-13: 9781626253186
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 51,656
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, 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

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

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

Notes 231


Carbonell resides in Oak Park, Ill.

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The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Lynette Caulkins More than 1 year ago
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.