Hack Your Anxiety How to Make Anxiety Work for You in Life, Love, and All That You Do (2018, Sourcebooks)

Review :

Hack your anxiety by Alicia Clark, PsyD. is one of those books that can give you tools. I read a lot of books about how humans work and how we develop and learn. I also work with others and their anxiety as well as navigate my own anxiety at times. So, I was very curious about Hack Your Anxiety.

The book is very well written and accessible to the reader. And, while much of the information was a recap for me, it was a useful reminder about how anxiety works and the benefits of anxiety. And, that attempts to "make it go away" are ultimately ineffective to sustainable shifts in how we use and manage our responses to the stress causing events that bombard us.

One piece of research that Clark shared was from the work of Lisa Feldman Barrett on how emotions are made. It makes perfect sense, now that I've heard it, that emotions are full brain constructions. And, that, "Emotions only become what we think of as emotions when we consciously think about and name them." which makes perfect sense given that two people can have wildly different "emotional responses" to just about anything.

I could go on and on, but I'm going to stop here and just say that I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand their anxiety and wants to develop tools to navigate said anxiety. The tool kit at the end is especially useful.

I will be recommending this book to my clients. Thank you for a thoughtful and interesting read. Here is a book that shares tools to hack the anxiety monster, find a way to befriend it, and to move forward in life with more ease.

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