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Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  254 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
You don't need a book to tell you this much: Sometimes things fall apart, crack open, and miss the mark. You can plan and strategize and keep your eye on the horizon, watching for trouble. And nothing you can do will protect you from the fact that things might, when you least expect it, go terribly, horribly wrong. If you're anxious about this, it's not like you don't have ...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 6th 2010)
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Sep 14, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
It took me a good long time to be able to admit that I suffer from anxiety and probably have generalized anxiety disorder. It's funny, how you grow up thinking one way, and you think everyone around you is the same. I had absolutely no idea that other people don't worry about things to the extent that I do. Put simply, there is never a moment when I'm not worrying or anxious about something. I've had stupid panic attacks, I've gotten the chills, I stress out a lot. I worry worry worry, constantl ...more
I greatly respect Kelly Wilson and I LOVED his book for therapists, Mindfulness for Two, It is totally possible that I should not have read these back to back. 1) The content of Things is terribly watered down compared to MF2 so it is difficult to give it a "clean" review, and 2) What little information that I would find useful for clients is reprinted (word for word) from MF2. Which makes me wonder if a client NEW to this material might find the book helpful? Was it too hard for me, having stud ...more
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Feb 09, 2016 Erika B. (SOS BOOKS) rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
I think that this had some solid advice in it, but my mind wasn't blown away by any life-changing information. This past January I swore that I would get help with my anxiety. It's something that I've fought against for forever, so I'm trying to learn to accept it rather than fight it anymore. So begins my journey into finding good books on mindfulness.
Morgan Blackledge
Aug 08, 2013 Morgan Blackledge rated it it was amazing
Why doesn't everyone known and love Kelly Wilson? For the life of me, I cant figure that out. Knowing about Kelly Wilson and his bro Steven C. Hayes is like discovering two wise and magical talking trees in the forest that nearly no one else can see or hear except you. ACT is truly innovative and brilliant shit. I'm baffled by the fact that everyone isn't drinking this stuff up like ice water in September. Laying aside the mystery for a moment, I should take the opportunity to simply report that ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing
**Anxiety need not call the shots**

What would your life be like if anxiety wasn’t calling the shots?

What if you could be fully engaged in the present moment and not be stuck in the regrets of the past or swept away with the endless what-if’s of the future? Imagine being able to accept the what-is’s of the here-and-now, and finally have a life where you’re free to do the things that bring you value, purpose, and meaning. What if you allowed yourself to sometimes fail, realizing that your sense o
Nov 15, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tricia by: Charles Brady
Are you anxious? Do you identify as an anxious person? Then this book is for you. Learn about "holding things lightly" and realizing that we've just got the present moment. A lot of the teachings are familiar, but the presentation is light and easy-going, which makes reading it a pleasure. It's like a conversation with a good friend.

Don't underestimate the power of ACT as I initially did. I thought, "Oh, I've read all of this before." But, the fact that the authors gave the book such a cool titl
Mar 22, 2012 Arie rated it it was amazing
Kelly Wilson, Steven Hayes, Russ Harris and John Forsyth unpack the "human condition" in a compassionate way. Amongst their published contributions is this gem from Kelly Wilson! Well researched, scientifically of substance and, insights presented with the simplicity attainable only by those who have brilliant understanding of their subject matter - this is a book that should be read by all who call themselves human. I came to realize that reality presents itself paradoxically and this book shar ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
Man I've got that shit "anxiety." This book gave me some new ways of thinking about it that are helpful. The authors say anxiety is an unavoidable part of life (unless you get medicated) and you gotta get more comfortable with it. "If suffering is ubiquitous in life, the withdrawal from and avoidance of suffering is accordingly the withdrawal from and avoidance of life." (pg 47). Uh I feel like I have a lot of experience with powering through anxiety and discomfort so that part of the book didn' ...more
Courtney Graham
Apr 20, 2016 Courtney Graham rated it it was amazing
I got diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and was giving this book to read and study. I normally hate books like this but I gave it a shot. It has great tips and information on how to control and accept your anxiety. Great book.
Apr 20, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
Wanted a simple overview of Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and this was probabaly the best place to start.
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New Harbinger’s authors are phenomenally skilled at exploring anxiety in a comprehensible way. This book is no exception. The writing is clear and concise and helps you apply concepts to your life. The text is broken down into sections for easy reading and chapters are a good length. The progression of the book provides optimal understanding of anxiety and how to manage this condition.
Mar 11, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
The ideas in this book are pragmatically spelled out with very functional ideas that can be applied to everyday life.

This book's prose and impact on me were no where near other books like Radical Acceptance. However, it is a book still worth checking out.

I would probably give this book a 3.5 if I could.
Oct 08, 2015 LemontreeLime rated it liked it
This actually is pretty good, all in all. I do wish they had mentioned Tsultrim Allione when they described the anxiety feeding process. But I liked how they introduced big concepts as 'lets play a game...', that was a new twist I might use again and again in the future.
Mar 31, 2012 Lesley rated it really liked it
All about ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Theraphy)in a very concise and comprehensive presentation... Very beneficial for individuals addressing and seeking change and at the same time confronting the obstacles resulting from lifetime HABITS.
I found this book on ACT psychology as applied to anxiety less helpful than some of the other Acceptance and Committment Therapy books I've read. I would recommend "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life" by Stephen C. Hayes as more effective.
R. C.
May 29, 2010 R. C. rated it really liked it
I wouldn't have picked this book up if I hadn't been asked to review it, so I'm very glad I was. It is dense but lucid, twists perspectives and includes non-silly exercises. A great choice for folks struggling with anxiety.
Mar 24, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
An interesting, very encouraging exploration of the philosophy of mindfulness, and applying it to anxiety from a psychological perspective.
Erin Lyndal
Nov 27, 2013 Erin Lyndal is currently reading it
Shelves: own-on-computer
I'm skimming a bit. This book is ok--I doubt it will be a huge life-changer for me, but it has some decent suggestions.
Apr 25, 2012 Candi rated it liked it
I learned a couple of helpful techniques but no huge lightbulb moment. Honestly, A Horrible, Annoying Use of My Time.
Cassie Meyer
Aug 03, 2013 Cassie Meyer rated it really liked it
Accessible and interesting. Enjoyed the quotes from poetry throughout.
Oct 29, 2010 B marked it as go-back-to-it
Sort of skimmed -- looked good -- go back possibly at some point.
Jan 24, 2014 LA rated it liked it
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It was OK, but I lost interest partway through.
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