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The Mindful Way Through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life

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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 clarit ...more
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Published August 8th 2011 by Guilford Publications (first published 2011)
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Deb
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*From anxious avoidance to mindful living*

When feeling anxious, do you typically:
1) Become so consumed with how anxious you feel and then harshly judge yourself for doing so?
2) Do whatever you can to escape feeling the anxiety?
3) Try to avoid whatever triggers the anxiety?

If so, this book will likely change your world--from the inside out. It's not about changing your anxiety, but about changing the relationship you have with your internal experience of anxiety and the associated uncomfortable
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Ihor Kolesnyk
Втомили книги, в яких багато позитивної психології, яка для мене давно стала прикладом як можна зробити із хорошого реально непотріб. Зроби із себе успішний успіх. Багато мотивації, багато гасел, багато всього одразу.. і я не знайшов оцього контакту із книгою, який потребую від тематичної літератури. Немає відчуття того, що автори на одній хвилі.

Що з нами зробить корпоративна культура?
Dawn Livingston
This book was a lot to take in and I suggest you try not to read it all in a few sittings. You won't have the time to soak up what you're being told.

Two comments on the title alone; The Mindful Way Through Anxiety. 1). no matter what you do you may never get rid of your anxiety entirely. Unless maybe you master the mindful way which is extremely difficult in my opinion. I'm on medication and I try to stick to the mindful way and still have anxiety; 2). THROUGH. You have to go through the anxiety
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Kelly Martin
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading other books on mindfulness I found this book over full with case studies (nearly every other page), not very well organised. And like another reviewer said, the authors try to convince people that mindfulness will help. As someone that has experienced anxiety since childhood this did not work for me. I actually grew more tense as I read this (and I am doing mindfulness regularly through another book & course 'mindful way through depression' that is helping me incredibly).

It felt li
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Sandra Kovacs
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Helpful. If you let it, it can change your life in just a little enough way that makes a big difference.
Gloria
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Loaded with illustrative stories, this walks you through typical sources of anxiety and provides non-medical methods for dealing with it. Authors takes the time to differentiate between fear, worry, and anxiety. The stories are almost excessive, but it is clear they are trying to help ordinary people understand the nature of anxiety and how they can adapt their thinking to overcome it. Leans on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. Very appropriate for this stress-full society.
Dragon
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mindfulness
Outstanding book which explains how and why this is effective
Bogdan Nicolae Ghiurco
Mar 31, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traduceri
You can tell mindfulness is bullsh*t when the authors tell you can do anything through practicing it (give up smoking, control your anger, lose weight), yet both authors look like two fat little piggies.
The book is full of "case studies", which are clearly tall tales. These so-called psychologist claim the stories are true and reflect the experience of their clients, but I've read porn novels with truer characters than these: "Erik wanted to be in an intimate relationship, but he experienced so
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Yellowoasis
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
An excellent text for anyone interested in 'mindfulness' in anything more than a superficial way. Unfortunately, mindfulness has become a massive fad, claiming to do everything from helping you lose weight to being more effective in your job, and everything in between, and is suffering a well-deserved backlash. There are some very lightweight books in the market covering this subject: if you've tried those and found them lacking, I'd recommend this book. ...more
Jen Targ
One of the most helpful books I've read on anxiety, up there with Jon Kabat Zinn's mindfulness books and Dr. Claire Weekes. It's like a roadmap to fear (all kinds-with threat [rational] and without [irrational]) and other emotions especially those considered "difficult" and those which cause aversive reactions. Thank you to the authors. ...more
Gabrielle Zdep
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
extremely helpful, compassionate and well-written. Borrowed it from the library but will definitely be acquiring my own copy. If in your struggle with anxiety, you honestly and persistently apply the techniques in here, they can really make a positive difference.
Tamara
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book about anxiety- I use a lot of these concepts with anxious clients in counselling and the ideas are really useful for me too! The exercises that come with the book are really great too. A great addition for materials on anxiety.
Amr Elnahla
Too many words, too little value.
Amanda
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
too hokey for me to take seriously.
Karina
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So THAT'S what's the matter with me. Any book that leaves your heart full of hope is a worthwhile book, and this is one of those. ...more
Leena
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mukavasti kirjoitettu teos aiheesta ja hyviä harjoituksia. En kuitenkaan kokenut saavani tästä yhtä paljon irti kuin vaikka vastaavista masennuksen hoidosta kirjoitetuista kirjoista. Myötätunnosta ja vaikeiden tunteiden hyväksymisestä ja kehollisesta kokemisesta oli kuitenkin hyvä lukea.
Amy
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book about applying the principles of mindfulness meditation to anxiety. Well written, easy to read. Stories about real people make it interesting. Lots of good exercises. Supported by mindfulness meditation audio via a web site.
Susan Haines
There were many good ideas and helpful examples in this book. I think it would be useful in addition to therapy but not sure it would work as a substitute for it. The reader would need to be very diligent in following through on all the exercises.
Jennifer
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between 4 and 5 stars. It is like a walkthrough for taking control using mindfulness. I chose to incorporate some ideas as part of daily meditstions and already am noticing a difference in my biorhythms.
Jesse
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readable and practical.
Emily
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful read
Eva
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
V. helpful.
Tuatara
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kirjat
Selkeästi kirjoitettu kirja, jossa oli paljon samastuttavia tarinoita ihmisistä. Saattaa ehkä olla hyödyllinen.
AnandaTashie
I skimmed through this one, just reading tidbits here and there, so I'm not going to rate or do a full review. I think it has a kind tone and useful tips, but a lot seems to be trying to convince the reader that mindfulness will work, and even more with paragraphs and paragraphs filled with 'stories' of people, their anxiety, their solutions. (Not my thing, but it may help some people to relate.)

I did like this though (aside from all the ellipses :D): "Now picture yourself lying someplace outsid
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Leslie Mcgilberry
I gained some useful advice from this, but honestly skipped a lot of it. It's about mindfulness and being in the moment, which not only can reduce anxiety, but I've found it's helpful in managing chronic physical pain. But it is definitely geared more towards people who suffer from debilitating fear and worry. ...more
Satu (azileea)
Includes very good points about being kind and compassionate towards anxiety. Kind of book that needs reading many times to form a proper opinion and getting into it. Also to see if it helps, you'll have to commit to the exercises, which I haven't wholly done so can't say much. ...more
Patrick Waggoner
I read this book when I was going through grad school. It's interactive and takes awhile to complete, but gives you discernible items to work through. Controlling thoughts and embracing uncertainty can lead to a more relaxed outlook on life. Daily mental practice and self-compassion go a long way. ...more
Drew Drew
I have not read this... yet.

Looking forward to it.
Tom Walsh
Self help by identifying our anxiety "buttons" and avoiding them. Simple technique, but so inciteful! ...more
Robyn
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No. Anybody who suffers from anxiety will likely find themselves tossing this to the floor.
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