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The Worry Trick

How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It
Written by: David Carbonell PhD
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Are you truly in danger or has your brain simply "tricked" you into thinking you are? In The Worry Trick, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows how anxiety hijacks the brain and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry, once and for all.

Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this audiobook is designed to help you break the cycle of worry.

Worry convinces us there's danger, and then tricks us into getting into fight, flight, or freeze mode - even when there is no danger. The techniques in this audiobook, rather than encouraging you to avoid or try to resist anxiety, show you how to see the trick that underlies your anxious thoughts, and how avoidance can backfire and make anxiety worse.

If you're ready to start observing your anxious feelings with distance and clarity - rather than getting tricked once again - this audiobook will show you how.

©2016 David A. Carbonell (P)2016 Wetware Media

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If you have GAD read this.

For those that have tried everything try reading this book it is amazing. :)

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  • nf
  • 2017-10-05

wow!

I have severe health anxiety that i overcame once and am in the process of again. This is an absolute necessity of information that can and will help anyone who is trying to recover. I had burst out laughing many times throughout this book in times of great distress! This will be my go to guide along with anything claire weeks and atlast a life by paul david. They are all life savers! Thank you!!!

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  • Shelly Haskell
  • 2017-09-20

Tame those worries.

If you have ever worried yourself sick, this book will help you get perspective and tame those worries.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-30

Solid perspective on worry

This audio book covered, from a very grounded and practical perspective, some of the root causes and techniques to manage worry and anxiety. I enjoyed the practical advice and clear vision towards the thinking patterns that trigger and elevate anxious thinking.

Having read several books on the subject, I would say I found little 'new' concepts, however the author's plain English and practical approach was quite enlightening.

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  • Zubair Ahmed
  • 2017-09-13

Helpful

I believe that the content covers a wider aspect of title and having some good practical exercises. Overall good book.

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  • Vernon L. Thomas
  • 2018-01-09

Great tools for worriers.

Good about what worry is and what our thoughts are . Good advice and tools to use in your life for those of us who worry a lot.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2017-08-21

Good book

I really liked this book. The concepts have helped me look at things differently. Thank you!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-09-23

Awesome...I learned some new techniques

I loved listening to this book. It has definitely thought me to be friends with my worries. I think whether you chronically worry about stuff or you just have things that really worry you at times, this book will teach you on how to lighten the loads of worry from your brain. Glad I bought it

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  • Samantha Julien
  • 2017-08-29

Great read!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Everything was so detailed and clearly explained. Thanks!

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  • Walt Longmire
  • 2019-03-19

The Worry Trick is the Worry Cure

I have read many books on anxiety, worry, CBT, REBT, and both the Worry Trick and the Worry Cure. In my view I have found that CBT has some flaws where a person disputes thoughts, but how do you dispute irrational thoughts if you are in a mental place of being irrational (worries and anxieties). I was please do hear the author state this very similar concern with CBT.

The information in this book about how worries start, how to "change your relationship" with worry, how to use counter intuitive approaches has been a big help to me. I would say out of decades of reading and working through various anxiety issues this book has had the most positive impact on my thinking and approach to worry. I have so many notes in this audible book that I wrote many down for a daily a guide and bought the printed book. This book is pure gold. I had it to two weeks and on my second listen.

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  • AstroGirlBunny
  • 2018-10-11

Finally a realistic book on worry and anxiety!

Excellently done! I was worried (of course) that the audio version would be dry but it's great! I'm listening and nodding in agreement with what he's saying. Even laughing at times. And I wondered why Cognitive Restructuring didn't always work for me. He's a realist and lays it out and explains why this can backfire for some people! And how to know! Wealth of information. Feeling understood for the first time in a long time while listening to him. I am understanding myself better. Knowledge is power. There is no cure-all but finally a therapist who gets real about those with serious anxiety/worry. Because we are different than those with only occasional worry. It's a whole different animal that's often misunderstood even by professionals. Excellent book, easy to listen to, highly recommend it to those that deal with worry or anxiety or over thinking. Or if you have a loved one that struggles with it. This will help you understand them much better and why they can't just stop worrying!

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