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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606234641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606234648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Potentially of great benefit to anyone suffering from anxiety in this era of relentless drivenness, social isolation, stress, and perpetual digital distraction. The authors' wise counsel based on their own clinical experience and research, coupled with vivid stories of their own and other people's lives, provide compelling evidence for why mindfulness is so important in reclaiming your life, and effective guidance in how to go about it in meaningful and very practical ways."--Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, coauthor of The Mindful Way Through Depression
 
"Anxiety is an emotion that begs us to mishandle it through worry and rumination. In a careful, step-by-step fashion, Drs. Orsillo and Roemer show you how to use mindfulness to break free from the grip of anxiety and move forward now toward the kind of life you want to live."--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
 
"Whether you suffer from milder worries or a clinical disorder, this book shows you a clear, scientifically validated path toward feeling better. Lots of books propose to teach how to beat anxiety. Some are good, others less so. The Mindful Way through Anxiety is destined to be one of the best. Drs. Orsillo and Roemer are renowned experts in the science of beating anxiety, and their book is readable, informative, and practical."--David F. Tolin, PhD, coauthor of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
 
"This book is user friendly, practical, and quite comprehensive. Readers will benefit greatly from the insights and exercises provided in these pages."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
 
"If you're looking for a fresh way of relating to--and healing--anxiety, you'll find this book an invaluable guide. The authors bring alive the path of mindfulness in a clear and accessible way."--Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

"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, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Boston University, and Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
 
"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


"This is an informative and highly practical book....Can be used as a self-help resource or as an adjunct to working with a therapist to develop mindfulness skills....Offers many case examples, stories, and quizzes."--Nursing Standard
(Nursing Standard 2011-01-20)

"Orsillo and Roemer painstakingly lay out the habits of mind that contribute to our suffering. They also provide a compelling, evidence-based argument for bringing mindfulness and self-compassion to these habits. The authors illustrate each point with creative metaphors and clear, relatable case studies that help the reader recognize that their suffering is not so different from others'. The authors also anticipate and address common questions, misconceptions, and reservations in Q&A format throughout the book....Grounded not just in traditional mindfulness practices, but also in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)."--Shambhala Sun
(Shambhala Sun 2011-01-20)

"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
(Compassion 2011-01-20)

About the Author

Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Suffolk University in Boston, 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, and lives in the Boston area with her husband.
 
Drs. Orsillo and Roemer have written and published extensively about mindfulness, anxiety, and psychotherapy, and have been involved in anxiety disorders research and treatment for over 20 years. 
 
They are coauthors of the acclaimed book for professionals Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies in Practice. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, they have spent the last decade developing the treatment approach that is the basis of this book.



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If so, this book will likely change your world--from the inside out.
Deb
This is a book that takes you on a measured and steady path to mastery and a transformative new life that is liberating and life-enhancing.
Jacques Bonne Nuit
The book also provides good visualizations and other exercises to help me better manage my anxiety when it occurs.
Casey

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ronald D. Siegel on March 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Most of us suffer from anxiety to some degree. We instinctively try to wish it away, avoid it, or fight it head-on -- strategies which only make matters worse. In this compelling, well-structured book, Drs, Orsillo and Roemer offer readers the very latest, scientifically-grounded, understanding of anxiety and how to deal with it. The practice of turning safely and compassionately toward one's own fears is at first confusing, but ultimately profoundly liberating. They describe this paradoxical process very simply and clearly, in a way anyone can use. As a clinical psychologist who works extensively with anxiety problems, I recommend this book enthusiastically. Readers can also visit the authors' website for their excellent, free, meditation downloads: [...]
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Deb on November 11, 2011
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When feeling anxious, do you typically:
1) Become so consumed with how anxious you feel and then harshly judge yourself for doing so?
2) Do whatever you can to escape feeling the anxiety?
3) Try to avoid whatever triggers the anxiety?

If so, this book will likely change your world--from the inside out. It's not about changing your anxiety, but about changing the relationship you have with your internal experience of anxiety and the associated uncomfortable emotions. And, the first step to changing this relationship is to understand these truths that the authors have discovered from years of research and their own clinical and personal experiences:
--Anxiety is universal, adaptive, and functional
--Anxious thoughts and associated emotions do not necessarily your control behavior
--Trying to control (or avoid) your anxiety typically causes more distress

Once you've grasped these truths, you'll be ready to start embracing the concept of mindfulness. In contrast to anxiety which narrows attention and focuses on threats, mindfulness expands our attention and helps us more fully engage in our lives. As the authors explain, the goal of mindfulness is "to change the relationship you have with your thoughts and feelings, to bring some curiosity and compassion to the responses you have, to learn to tune in to your emotions and understand how they pull you to respond in certain ways, and to being some flexibility and choice to the actions you have." (p.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Czech on March 19, 2011
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As a therapist learning to use mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies, I find this book to be an extremely useful resource for my clients, and personally. It is a helpful way for clients to read and reflect on topics discussed in treatment. It is also a fantastic reminder for myself as therapist, in terms of incorporating these principles into my own life. Thank you!
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on August 16, 2011
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This is a good, solid, useful book on mindfulness as therapy, and I recommend it for the person who suffers from anxiety--indeed, it could change your life. The only problem I had with it is that it is full of those "case-studies" (imaginary people used to demonstrate the principles of the book) which, to my mind, make the book almost unreadable. There is some character on almost every page.

Of course, some people must like this, or they wouldn't write like this. Just a matter of taste, I guess. But if you don't and you'd like to read about mindfulness as therapy, you might try the brilliant "The Mindful Way Through Depression"(which has a few case-studies but not nearly so many) or anything by Jon Kabat-Zinn. However, these books don't deal exclusively with anxiety.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M on December 28, 2011
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I've been reading a huge number of books in this field lately and this is by far one of the best. It's clear, concise, practical, has great examples of people from a wide variety of life experiences, but the commonality of the issues they wrestle with is so accessible and relatable that they prove to be very helpful examples. I highly, highly recommend this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Heintz on May 20, 2013
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I really found this book to be a great introduction to mindfulness; mindfulness was something I had heard of but never considered as a way to deal with anxiety. I always assumed it was better suited for depression or for just calming your mind "quickly" in general, but not long term. I was pleasingly wrong:)

There are a lot of complaints about the number of case studies included in the text. Yes, there are many, but I found I could glean bits and pieces of ME from many of them even if the full scenario was not applicable to my unique situation; I did not find the majority "social anxiety" - biased. I felt there was a good mixture and while social anxiety was a prevalent factor in many, it was often just one of the many "symptoms" of anxiety.

There are many exercises in the book - there is where I personally found a weakness in the writing. Yes, I understand coping with stress and anxiety requires a LOT of commitment and work on my part, I felt some of the exercises were redundant and somewhat cumbersome; I am anxious (but in a good way!!) to try the "Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety" to see if it is more fluid. That being said, you don't have to DO all the exercises if you don't want or you many choose to focus on several and probably would still benefit. A few of the exercises really resonated where others just did not. I contextually understood each chapter, but didn't always find that so with the assignments at the end.

Be sure to visit their website as you can download the audio versions of the mindful meditations included in the book. I don't know about you, but I can't READ a meditation while trying to practice; I need someone to talk me through it so be sure to take advantage of the downloads if you are like me.
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