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Introduction: How to Make the Most of This Book I. Understanding the Cascade of Our Emotional Responses: The First Step in Making a Change l. Understanding Fear and Anxiety 2. How We Get Pulled into a Cycle of Worry 3. How Emotions Become Intense and Long-Lasting 4. How Control Efforts Fuel Muddy Emotions 5. How Our Struggle with Fear and Anxiety Holds Us Back Summary of Part I II. Breaking the Cycle: Cultivating Awareness, Acceptance, and Mindfulness 6. Cultivating Awareness and Curiosity 7. Accepting What Comes 8. How Mindfulness Can Help Summary of Part II III. Defining the Life You Want 9. Reflecting on Goals and Life Directions 10. Common Traps That Leave Us Stuck 11. Breaking Free from Traps and Naming and Claiming Your Values Summary of Part III IV. Daring to Live the Life You Want 12. Using Your Skills to Take Bold Steps Forward 13. Addressing Common Challenges to Values-Based Living 14. Common Challenges with Relationship Values 15. The Ongoing Practice of Living a Full Life Notes Resources Index
Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston. Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Drs. Orsillo and Roemer have written and published extensively about anxiety, emotions, psychotherapy, mindfulness, and values-based actions and have been involved in anxiety disorders research and treatment for more than 25 years. They are coauthors of the bestselling The Mindful Way through Anxiety. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, they spent 15 years developing and refining the treatment approach that is the basis of this book. Their website is www.mindfulwaythroughanxiety.com.
"This wonderfully no-nonsense book provides multiple ways to help free yourself from chronic worry and anxiety. Thoroughly grounded in science, yet engaging and easy to understand, this is an important roadmap for leading a happier and more fulfilling life."--Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion "This book will help you move seamlessly along a path of personal transformation. The beauty of the authors' approach is that it combines mindful awareness with taking action to pursue what you value. For anyone seeking relief from worry, this is among the best guides I have seen."--Zindel V. Segal, PhD, coauthor of The Mindful Way through Depression "Taking a step-by-step approach, this well-written workbook will help people struggling with anxiety and worry to get unstuck and start living again."--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life "When we are struggling with worry or fear, we often try to stop doing so through sheer force of will. This book offers a different path. Drs. Orsillo and Roemer show us the way to change our responses to what we feel and do, and infuse the present moment with curiosity and compassion. If you repeat these simple strategies, you can dare to choose the future you want--and put together a life you love."--Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head "The pace of life is quickening and challenges abound--it's hard to stop worrying about what's going to happen next. Now we have an easy-to-use workbook on how to regain control of our lives by practicing mindful awareness. Written by two of the world's experts on this topic, this book can help you slow down and regain your capacity for joy."--David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, coauthor of 10 Steps to Mastering Stress "Having suffered from anxiety all of my life, I have read many books on how to cope. This is one of the few books that integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance-based techniques, and shows how to apply their wisdom in daily life. I highly recommend it."--Rajesh V.