Do you overthink before taking action? Are you prone to making negative predictions? Do you worry about the worst that could happen? Do you take negative feedback very hard? Are you self-critical? Does anything less than perfect performance feel like failure?Read more...
Do you overthink before taking action? Are you prone to making negative predictions? Do you worry about the worst that could happen? Do you take negative feedback very hard? Are you self-critical? Does anything less than perfect performance feel like failure?
If any of these issues resonate with you, you're probably suffering from some degree of anxiety, and you're not alone. The good news: while reducing your anxiety level to zero isn't possible or useful (anxiety can actually be helpful ), you can learn to successfully manage symptoms - such as excessive rumination, hesitation, fear of criticism and paralysing perfection.
In"The Anxiety Toolkit," Dr. Alice Boyes translates powerful, evidence-based tools used in therapy clinics into tips and tricks you can employ in everyday life. Whether you have an anxiety disorder, or are just anxiety-prone by nature, you'll discover how anxiety works, strategies to help you cope with common anxiety 'stuck' points and a confidence that - anxious or not - you have all the tools you need to succeed in life and work."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-01-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Boyes, a clinician, mental-health speaker, and Psychology Today blogger, delivers an easy-to-follow, though spare, workbook on understanding and managing anxiety. According to Boyes, while anxiety frequently manifests itself as a form of hyper-aware fear, this emotion is a close cousin to simple conscientiousness, and it is neither advisable, nor possible, to entirely remove it from your life. Regardless, anxiety can still paralyze decision-making or action, and Boyes helps readers identify five common traps—hesitation, ruminating over old thoughts, “paralyzing” perfectionism,” “fear of feedback,” and avoidance—and how to break through them. The book’s chapters are structured around these traps, providing diagnostic tests to evaluate your needs, as well as exercises to address the disordered actions and thoughts produced by anxiety. Boyes’s tone is friendly but never saccharine, and endlessly practical. Her tips and exercises, drawn from cognitive behavioral therapies that she herself has administered, should make a valuable reference for anxiety sufferers, and an ideal companion to readers undergoing psychotherapy themselves. Agent: Giles Anderson, Anderson Literary. (Mar.)