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

Author: Orsillo, Susan M.


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  • ISBN: 9781606234648
  • Author: Orsillo, Susan M.
  • Publ Date: 2011-03-02
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  • Pages: 308
  • Imprint: GUILFORD PRESS *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 567825

Table of Contents :

Introduction: How This Book Will Help You1. Understanding Fear and Anxiety: Turning toward Your Emotions2. How Is Anxiety Getting in Your Way?3. Changing Your Relationship with Anxiety: Embarking on a New Path4. An Introduction to Mindfulness: Noticing a Skill You Already Possess5. Developing the Skills of Mindfulness: How to Bring Kind Attention into Your Daily Life6. Befriending Your Emotions7. Using Mindfulness to Clarify Muddy Emotions8. The Allure and Cost of Trying to Control Your Internal Experience9. Acceptance and Willingness: Increasing Flexibility and Opening Up to New Possibilities10. Clarifying What Matters to You and Setting a Course for Change11. Bringing It All Together: Making a Commitment to Yourself12. Overcoming Challenges to Cultivating Self-Compassion13. Staying Open When the Going Gets Tough


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.


"By far the most sophisticated and engaging guide I have seen on mindfulness and anxiety. This book is a gem. Two of the field's most knowledgeable and creative experts skillfully take you on a journey into the hidden corners of your anxious mind. With a seamless blend of interesting stories, state-of-the-art research, and exercises, this book leads you step by step toward a fuller, more meaningful life. It is an excellent resource for anyone who seeks a path to freedom from anxiety and stress." - Christopher K. Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion "In the Alice in Wonderland world of emotions, anxiety is the Red Queen - always a future threat and sometimes a present danger. This superb book shows how mindfulness can help ease the ravages of anxiety. Nobody knows more about this topic than Drs. Orsillo and Roemer, and their approach will be a godsend for many." - David H. Barlow, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, USA

Author Biography:

Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Suffolk University in Boston, USA, 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, USA and lives in the Boston area with her husband.


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