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

Judson Brewer

Book - 2021

"New science shows how to break the cycles of worry and fear to heal your mind"--

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Self-help publications
New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House [2021]
Physical Description
xv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-275) and index.
Main Author
Judson Brewer (author)
  • 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.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this helpful guide, psychiatrist Brewer (The Craving Mind) draws on research on addiction and bad habits to suggest ways to deal with anxiety. Citing the definition of addiction--"continued use despite adverse consequences"--Brewer argues that anxiety and addiction share similar patterns and can be addressed using similar principles: identifying a habit loop, then using mindfulness to change the way one's brain values the behavior. "If you really pay careful and close attention," Brewer writes, "...and you see that a behavior is not rewarding right now, I promise you that you will start to get less excited about doing it again." Instead, one can give the brain a "bigger better offer": to bring curiosity and mindfulness toward one's actions. The writing is casual without being simplistic ("This is a pretty neat hack of your brain's reward-based learning system") and includes testimonials from patients and users of mindfulness apps developed by Brewer. These evidence-based, structured recommendations will be useful to anyone who feels caught in a negative loop. (Mar.)

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