Anxiety is not your fault. There are many factors that contribute to developing a mind that is prone to intense anxiety, and if you have such a mind, there are many things you can do to change the way it works. Research has shown that practicing kindness and compassion soothes experiences of fear, while self-critical thoughts tend to intensify them. If you become frustrated with your anxious reactions or consistently try to talk yourself out of your anxiety, it may be time to try a different approach.
The compassion-based program in The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety will help you learn to be kinder to yourself while you soothe your anxious impulses. Complete with worksheets, exercises, and meditation practices, this book includes everything you need to learn mindfulness and compassion-focused skills for redirecting your anxious thoughts and allowing yourself to enjoy a more peaceful life.
“[This book] will help you establish self-compassion as a habit of mind and bring that healing quality to your thoughts and actions. Highly recommended.”
—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
About the Author:
Dennis Tirch, PhD, is associate director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, the founder and director of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and serves as adjunct assistant clinical professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College. He is coauthor of books and articles on mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion, and maintains an active research program in these areas with Robert Leahy. He is a fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and founding copresident of the New York chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.