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xv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"New science shows how to break the cycles of worry and fear to heal your mind"-- Provided by publisher.
Understanding your mind. Anxiety goes viral ; The birth of anxiety ; Habits and everyday addictions ; Anxiety as a habit loop -- Mapping your mind: first gear. How to map your mind ; Why your previous anti-anxiety (and anti-habit) strategies failed ; Dave's story, part 1 ; A brief word on mindfulness ; What is your mindfulness personality type? -- Updating your brain's reward value: second gear. How your brain makes decisions (why we prefer cake to broccoli) ; Stop thinking: Dave's story, part 2 ; Learning (and growing) from the past ; Fixing the fix: Dana Small's chocolate experiment ; How long does it take to change a habit? -- Finding that bigger, better offer for your brain: third gear. The bigger, better offer ; The science of curiosity ; Dave's story, part 3 ; What's good about rainy days? ; All you need is love ; The why habit loop ; Even doctors get panic attacks ; Evidence-based faith ; Anxiety sobriety ; Six years and five minutes.
"A step-by-step plan clinically proven to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits. Judson Brewer explains how to uproot anxiety at its source using brain-based techniques and small hacks accessible to anyone. We think of anxiety as everything from mild unease to full-blown panic. But it's also what drives the addictive behaviors and bad habits we use to cope (e.g. stress eating, procrastination, doom scrolling and social media). Plus, anxiety lives in a part of the brain that resists rational thought. So we get stuck in anxiety habit loops that we can't think our way out of or use willpower to overcome. Dr. Brewer teaches us map our brains to discover our triggers, defuse them with the simple but powerful practice of curiosity, and to train our brains using mindfulness and other practices that his lab has proven can work. Distilling more than 20 years of research and hands-on work with thousands of patients, including Olympic athletes and coaches, and leaders in government and business, Dr. Brewer has created a clear, solution-oriented program that anyone can use to feel better - no matter how anxious they feel"-- adapted from book jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -275) and index.
Online version: Brewer, Judson, Unwinding anxiety New York : Avery, Penguin Random House LLC, 2021. 9780593330456 (DLC) 2020041048