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Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Nothing in the book defies logic. In fact, it's all very simple, really, making uncannily perfect sense. In fact, I'm kind of surprised none of the points in the gentle, funny, and playful chapters never occurred to me spontaneously before. But as I browsed and flirted with this remarkable little book, a lot became clear to me about those times in life when I've struggled. Yes, I can choose to give my attention gently to what's going on around me in the here and now. Yes, I can learn to not invest my thoughts with a lot of unnecessary authority. Yes, I can decide what I want my life to really be about, and, yes, I can find the flexibility I need to make it happen.
I found the book to be wise and warm, literary and lighthearted. There is no "seven steps to a better you" here, no psychobabble or motivational baloney. Rather, it's like a barroom conversation with Wilson and DuFrene, a couple of guys who've thought a lot about life and how to wring a lot of joy and meaning out of the brief time we have. I loved the book. I got a whole lot out of it, even though I didn't really mean to. And I recommend it sincerely to anyone who has a few hours to kill on a good read that might, just possibly, change his or her life.
I just wanted to mention how remarkably helpful this book has been to so many of my clients. I have also found it a worthwhile and personally liberating read. There is an authenticity and compassion that is deeply present in the voice of this book. The suggestions and techniques have a solid grounding in state of the art psychological research, yet they are presented in an engaging, humorous and humanistic way. This book does not feel like a workbook or a self-help book. It has the quality of a warm and significant conversation with someone who is invested in your well-being and your personal liberation. I have recommended this book to very many clients, and they each have told me that it has meant something to them. It is very rare that such a unanimous response occurs with bibliotherapy recommendations. Also, this is one of the first books that my clients have referred to others in their lives whom they care about. This is an important work.
Dennis Tirch PhD,
American Institute for Cognitive Therapy.
Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor,
Weill Cornell Medical College.
Diplomate and Fellow,
Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
It's different than most self-help books. For one thing, it is not a workbook so much as a playbook. It has games you can try out - some hard, some easy - and poems too.
I find that with a few of the games, my mind starts complaining even while I'm reading the instructions on how to play: "That's impossible! That makes no sense!" This is already a hint of the possibilities involved.
I also like the book's discussion of values & how we can commit to them in this moment. And if we fail, as we sometimes do, how we can gently come back to a value & renew our commitment to it.
And those of us who want control at almost any cost (I raise my hand) will benefit from the examples throughout of how helpful it can be to allow life to surprise us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I learned ways to manage my anxiety that did not become apparent to me in 6 years of traditional counseling.Published 2 months ago by B. James
I have given/recommended this book to countless people. You can quite easily read this in one sitting, which I definitely recommend against. Read morePublished 10 months ago by jacob crosby
An extraordinary book which speaks to you personally and is right on the money. 100% grasp on the subject matter and how it affects sufferersPublished 11 months ago by mr j plunkett
Kind of caused me to have a rollercoaster of feelings. It does put things in perspective-but does not really help the problem deep down.Published 11 months ago by Cortney
YES to this book. It is super easy to read, has a very down to earth tone and style. I'm extremely thankful to say that it really helped open my eyes and mind to how I was making... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Terri