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The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Lifeby Susan M. Orsillo
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Orsillo (psychology, Suffolk U.) and Roemer (psychology, U. of Massachusetts-Boston) detail an approach for dealing with anxiety using mindfulness practices. Drawing material from an acceptance-based behavioral treatment program for people with generalized anxiety and worry, the authors explain where anxiety comes from, how it operates, and how it can affect a person's life, then describe the foundational skills of mindfulness, how to build a practice for use in daily life, and how to apply that to anxiety and other challenging internal states. They end with discussion of dealing with obstacles and how mindfulness can be used in other areas. Exercises are provided in each chapter, and are also available as audio recordings on their companion website. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Anxiety constrains the lives of millions, leaving sufferers exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed. And the things most people do to try to feel better--avoiding feared situations, pushing worry out of mind--only make the problem worse. Leading psychologists Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer provide a powerful new alternative: they help readers fundamentally change their relationship to anxiety. This book's clinically tested mindfulness practices are specifically tailored for anxiety in its many forms. With clarity and compassion, the authors describe how to gain awareness of anxious feelings without letting them escalate; reap the benefits for emotional and physical well-being; and open life to inspiring new possibilities. Loads of stories, self-quizzes, and step-by-step exercises all enhance the user friendliness of this expertly crafted approach.
You can't just "get over" anxiety. In fact, the very things most people do to try to feel better--avoiding feared situations, pushing worry out of mind--only make the problem worse. Leading psychologists Susan M. Orsillo and Lizabeth Roemer present a powerful new alternative that can help you break free of anxiety by fundamentally changing how you relate to it. With clarity and compassion, this book describes clinically tested mindfulness practices specifically tailored for anxiety in its many forms. Learn step-by-step strategies for gaining awareness of anxious feelings without letting them escalate; loosening the grip of worry and fear; and achieving a new level of emotional and physical well-being. Free audio downloads of mindfulness exercises plus other resources are available at the authors' website, www.mindfulwaythroughanxietybook.com.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
About the Author
Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Suffolk University in Boston, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and two children.
Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and lives in the Boston area with her husband.
Drs. Orsillo and Roemer have written and published extensively about mindfulness, anxiety, and psychotherapy, and have been involved in anxiety disorders research and treatment for over 20 years.
They are coauthors of the acclaimed book for professionals Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, they have spent the last decade developing the treatment approach that is the basis of this book.
Table of Contents
Introduction: How This Book Will Help You
1. Understanding Fear and Anxiety: Turning toward Your Emotions
2. How Is Anxiety Getting in Your Way?
3. Changing Your Relationship with Anxiety: Embarking on a New Path
4. An Introduction to Mindfulness: Noticing a Skill You Already Possess
5. Developing the Skills of Mindfulness: How to Bring Kind Attention into Your Daily Life
6. Befriending Your Emotions
7. Using Mindfulness to Clarify Muddy Emotions
8. The Allure and Cost of Trying to Control Your Internal Experience
9. Acceptance and Willingness: Increasing Flexibility and Opening Up to New Possibilities
10. Clarifying What Matters to You and Setting a Course for Change
11. Bringing It All Together: Making a Commitment to Yourself
12. Overcoming Challenges to Cultivating Self-Compassion
13. Staying Open When the Going Gets Tough
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