Book Nook: 'Freeing Yourself From Anxiety'

FREEING YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY: 4 Simple Steps to

FREEING YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want, by Tamar E. Chansky, PhD. Da Capo/Lifelong, 306 pp., $16. (Credit: Handout)

FREEING YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want, by Tamar E. Chansky, PhD., Da Capo/Lifelong, 306 pp., $16.

If you're running from a woolly mammoth, the adrenaline pump of anxiety might save your life. But if your boss' critical "FYI . . . " evokes a similar flight/fight response, you need to tamp it down, writes psychologist Chansky, founder of a Philadelphia anxiety center.

We often believe our own thoughts, but they often lie -- especially when they focus on worst-case scenarios. "Your bad thoughts are negative exaggerations of the story of your life," she writes.


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So she'll show you how to change them.

THE SCOOP You'll learn to practice Chansky's four steps: pause and relabel ("don't believe everything you think"); get specific ("everything" isn't wrong); optimize ("expand the possibilities") and mobilize ("get unstuck").

THE BOTTOM LINE Think of your brain's amygdala like a dog that barks indiscriminately at everything. "Tell it respectfully but firmly," she writes, "to sit and stay."

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