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This book wasn't for me
on September 16, 2011
I have read several "self-help" books on worrying. I wouldn't recommend this one. I preferred The Worry Cure.
The author keeps mentioning in the beginning that women are more prone to anxiety, but it is not clear why. HELLO!!!! I'll tell you why. Women are constantly being bombarded with images, ads, etc that they are not good enough. There is something wrong with them, they are defective, if they do not look/act like these perfect ideals society pushes on them. This causes them to think that they will never be accepted and to constantly worry about what others think of them, if they will be accepted, if they can achieve success, and it snowballs from there.
I also felt like I couldn't relate to the examples/stories of worriers presented in the book. Some of the methods suggested also don't work. For example, she suggests using relaxation techniques, however, says not to use this technique if you are an "avoider." Also, using the techniques to examine every aspect of your worries causes overanalyzation in those who tend to "ruminate" and are counter productive.
The book had good citations of research, and I liked the part on mindfulness, although if you plan on mastering mindfulness, this is not a good book at really explaining it.
If you are looking for a book with concrete coping strategies, this is not your book. I would look up "The Worry Cure," so much more helpful.