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Is anxiety and fear a problem for you? Have you tried to win the war with your anxious mind and body, only to end up feeling frustrated, powerless, and stuck? If so, you’re not alone. But there is a way forward, a path into genuine happiness, and a way back into living the kind of life you so desperately want. This workbook will help you get started on this new journey tod ...more
Paperback, second edition, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by New Harbinger Publications (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a workbook that my daughter used in combination with other things in order to help with her anxiety. A doctor asked her to take it home and have a look at it and see if it interested her at all. I noticed right away that my daughter was reading it quite often.

I decided to buy her one of her own. This way she could write in it (instead of using other paper), highlight what she wanted and so on. There was no pressure, she worked on it whenever she felt like it. She shared with me if she w
Labyrinth Rossiter
I was attracted to the word Mindfulness in the title, and some of the principles are there. However, the book's ACT methodology is actually hurtful, unlike any fully dedicated mindfulness or Buddhist text I've ever read about dealing with depression & anxiety. The first half of the book is determined to convincing you that your old way is wrong, ACT is the only way, and worse, there's a whole chapter that forces you to face the "costs of anxiety," guaranteed to provoke a panic attack. I myself, ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
The author's poor writing can ruin Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anyone. Instead of reading this, I would recommend The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT — a much more comprehensive ACT workbook, which covers all the exercises mentioned here. Combined with Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Headspace, it can really help you manage your anxiety. ...more
Mary Overton
Buddhism-lite pop-psychology for straight people. A useful introduction for people whose only reality is rigid dualism … where dark feelings/passions/thoughts/actions/events are projected onto the Devil and then mercilessly smote.

My interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) led me to this workbook which seems to be Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) updated with the latest buzzword, mindfulness. I appreciate this read for getting me inside the mind-set of Creationists and Trump support
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a psychologist fo 36 years. I am also the founder of The Secular Therapy Project - I read this book last year (2016) and immediately began recommending it for my clients and others. It is a true workbook. If you follow the simple exercises over a few months, I am sure you will find the practices both helpful and life changing. The research behind this is solid - no New Age or religious BS, just good basic mindfulness. ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, workbooks
I hated this book and did not find it useful at all.
Shannon Breen
I bought this book because I'm a compulsive worrier and have some chronic low-level anxiety. Much of the first half or so of this book is information and exercises to show how all the things you've done to manage your anxiety in the past haven't worked and have made things worse. Problem for me is I haven't really done any of the types of things they describe. They profile folks who won't drive or won't go to certain places or won't get on airplanes. None of my problems are this extreme. I'm con ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have never, ever been so excited to give something a one-star review.

I read this book from start to finish because my therapist recommended it. Here's what the book says: if you just accept your anxieties instead of trying to fight them all the time, you'll feel much better!! You just need to totally zen out!!!

I am not saying there's not wisdom there. BUT IT DOESN'T TAKE A WHOLE BOOK TO COMMUNICATE THAT SENTENCE! Basically, the first third of the book is just selling the book to you -- why thi
Nick Stengel
It's a fascinating re-orientation of psychology toward a Buddhist philosophy. The main idea of the book is that struggling against irrational fears causes one to justify them. By gaining some mental space between your fears and any actions you take, it is possible to live with them in peace. Very counter-intuitive to some mainstream writings, but very cool ideas. ...more
Desiree Wills Velazco
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall decent book, but pretty repetitive. I liked a lot of the thoughts behind it for the most part though. Great concept.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I used this book in my weekly therapy sessions and it was extremely helpful. It's a completely different approach to anxiety that simply MAKES SENSE! I highly recommend finding a therapist who is familiar with Acceptance Commitment Therapy and using this book if you struggle with anxiety. ...more
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Good book that helps you deal with anxiety and panic. Many exercises and techniques to help ease and understand your anxiety and it just might help you in many other areas of your life. Also included, are printable exercise sheets that come in quite handy, downloadable from the publishers website. Very nice touch. I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.
I really like using ACT with clients and I think some of the worksheets and meditations provided in this workbook will be useful. That said, I find the use of acronyms overwhelming, and aside from one take away, I feel they are widely abused and corny (WAC).
Ally Schaan
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The meditation exercises and various other exercises are pretty great.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are some good points, ideas, exercises, however it just wasn't for me. As someone who has had anxiety and anorexia, I feel that workbooks that actually let you do the work (write, experiment, etc.) are better suited for the initial recovery process, as well as maintenance. I don't know, maybe I am just not into a.c.t. as much as c.b.t. ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
While there are some useful ideas, it's hard not to get put off by the tone of the book. It drones on and on about simple concepts for pages, presenting them as if talking to a lobotomized child. If the author trimmed down some fat, avoided it's-the-first-day-of-your-life cliches, and tried communicating as if speaking with a regular person, this would be a much better book.

Edit: Decided to stop reading and switched to the Happiness Trap. I am only at 3rd chapter, but I can already see this is a
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, self-help
Couldn't follow through with the exercises. I need to get out of my depression right now, I'm not able to concentrate with the mindfulness exercises. ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disappointing, not helpful at all.
They said antidepressants are no more effective than placebo. Pill shaming.
Karen Terry
So far, so good. I am only just starting this book, and already it is helping me. I have been fighting and trying to change anxious behavior since I was a child and nothing has helped much. This makes more sense to me. Make peace with it and carry on. It rather reminds me of the children's book, 'Theres a Monster in My Closet'. But this comes with useful tools to help you integrate a new way of thinking about your worries, anxieties and fears into your daily life. I will do a full review when I ...more
Lisa Wright
Ugh! What can I say? A whole workbook that is basically about mindfulness, which I have never been able to "get". In a nutshell, the book tells you to accept your anxiety, depression, whatever, and continue to live a good life according to your values. That's it. No...really. If this type of thing works for you, then great. It really didn't help me. ...more
Only if you like Stephen Covey!
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is helping me change my thoughts and judgements and reactions to anxiety. It has been great so far.
Durwin Foster
Regularly recommend this outstanding resource to clients struggling with anxiety.
Feb 02, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Did not find this helpful for my situation. Did not use it.
Very repetitive. The ideas are nice, but if you are familiar with mindfulness, you don't really need this. ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blaaaa. Hard to get through. Boring. Some ideas were helpful but not much.
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John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an author, speaker, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness practices to cultivate mind, body, and spiritual wellness. For over 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT and mindfulness practices to alleviate human suffering, awaken the human spirit, and to nurture psychological health and vitality. His personal journey and ...more

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