DON'T FEED THE MONKEY MIND
How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry
42 million people in the US live with anxiety.
This book utilizes the concept of defusion, a powerful evidence-based tool that allows readers to gain distance from troubling thoughts and fears.
Ancient sages compared the human mind to a monkey: constantly chattering, hopping from branch to branch—endlessly moving from fear to safety. We can't switch off the “monkey mind,” but we can stop feeding
it—or stop rewarding it for avoidance. Written by psychotherapist Jennifer Shannon, and featuring fun illustrations, this book shows readers how to stop anxious thoughts using proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques. By following the exercises, readers will learn to identify their own anxious thoughts, question those thoughts, and uncover the core fears at play.
Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, is author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens. She is cofounder of the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Santa Rosa, CA. Doug Shannon is a freelance cartoonist who resides in Santa Rosa, CA. Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, is founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. He resides in Oakland, CA.
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