Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety by Martin N. Seif; Sally M. Winston

A CBT Guide for Moving Past Chronic Indecisiveness, Avoidance, and Catastrophic Thinking

Published: 1 May 2022

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Length: 192 Pages

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Do you automatically assume the worst-case-scenario when faced with difficulty? Do you stress about situations that haven’t happened yet, or find yourself anticipating disaster around every corner? Does the prospect of making a decision leave you feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed? From subtle avoidance behaviors to the most nightmarish terrors, anticipatory anxiety is the engine that drives it all. Understanding how this hidden enemy tricks you, and, most importantly, how to overcome it, will liberate you to live a more flexible and joyful life.

In Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety, two anxiety experts team up to teach you how to manage your overactive imagination, limit future-based thinking, face your fears, make decisions, and live with more freedom and joy. This must-have guide is grounded in the authors’ innovative and easy-to-remember DANCE model:

Discern your anticipatory anxiety

Accept doubts and discomfort

No struggling or avoiding

Commit to proceed

Embrace the present as it is, so you can get on with your life
  Your relationship with your worries and imagination will shift, so that you can focus on what is genuinely important.

It’s time to stop worrying about what might happen, start facing your fears, rein in your self-defeating imagination, and live fully in the moment. Get this book and discover the motivation and skillsneeded to take charge of your anticipatory anxiety.

My Review:

Like it says in the title this book is about anticipatory anxiety. This is the fear of something to come and avoiding it. By actually avoiding something, you’re not dealing with the fear, you only have a reprieve and the fear will be back and worse than before.

I like the more specific books on anxiety, Anxiety isn’t just one size fits all, it occurs because of a multitude of reasons and having a book geared toward your particular form of anxiety is helpful.

This books uses CBT approaches, which is the most common therapy available. It is also the one best suited to self help books. This book is easy to follow and the tips are quite helpful.

If you are effected by anticipatory anxiety I suggest giving this book a read.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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