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Unwinding anxiety : new science shows how to break the cycles of worry and fear to heal your mind

Judson Brewer (Author)
"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"--Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2021
Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, New York, 2021
Self-help publications
xv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9780593330449, 9780593421406, 0593330447, 059342140X
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