The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety
About the Book
Now in its second edition, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety offers a new approach to your anxiety, fears, and your life. Within its pages, you’ll find a powerful and tested set of tools and strategies to help you gain freedom from fear, trauma, worry, and all the many manifestations of anxiety and fear. The book offers an empowering approach to help you create the kind of life you so desperately want to live.
Based on a revolutionary approach to psychological health and wellness called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this fully revised and updated second edition offers compelling new exercises to help you create the conditions for your own genuine happiness and peace of mind. You’ll learn how your mind can trap you, keeping you stuck and struggling in anxiety and fear. You’ll also discover ways to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness, and compassion, and use these qualities to weaken the power of anxiety and fear so that you can gain the space do what truly matters to you. Now is the time.
Nobody chooses anxiety. And there is no healthy way to “turn off” anxious thoughts and feelings like a light switch. But you can learn to break free from the shackles of anxiety and fear and take back your life. The purpose of this workbook is to help you do just that. Your life is calling on you to make that choice, and the skills in this workbook can help you make it happen. You can live better, more fully, and more richly with or without anxiety and fear. This book will show you the way.
Recent studies support for the effectiveness of ACT-based self-help workbooks as a low-cost treatment for people experiencing anxiety. (Ritzert, T., Forsyth, J. P., Berghoff, C. R., Boswell, J., & Eifert, G. H. (2016). Evaluating the effectiveness of ACT for anxiety disorders in a self-help context: Outcomes from a randomized wait-list controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 47, 431-572.)
This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
Books by John P. Forsyth
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—Michael Sandler, host of the Inspire Nation Show, and author of Barefoot Running
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
—David H. Barlow, PhD, founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University, and author of Anxiety and Its Disorders
—Steven C. Hayes, codeveloper of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and author of Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life
—Zindel Segal, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology in mood disorders at the University of Toronto, Canada, and coauthor of The Mindful Way Workbook
—Ian M. Evans, professor emeritus of the school of psychology at Massey University, New Zealand, and author of How and Why Thoughts Change
—Stefan G. Hofmann, PhD, professor of psychology at Boston University, and author of Emotion in Therapy
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University, Canada, and coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook
—Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, professor of psychology at George Mason University, and coauthor of The Upside of Your Dark Side
—Terence M. Keane, PhD, director of the behavioral science division of the National Center for PTSD, and professor of psychiatry and assistant dean for research at Boston University School of Medicine
—Richard G. Heimberg, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple
“The second edition of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety is like great software. It has proven to be simple and intuitive to use but powerful and effective for people all over the world. This workbook also gives clinicians interested in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) a powerful, elegant approach and set of tools to use in their mental health practice.”
—David Schaffer, MSW, LICSW, PLLC
“Most ‘how-to’ self-help books try to teach people ways to improve and optimize their problem solving or fight their deficits. This book is different, as it encourages people to let things be and give up efforts to control those problems which they cannot change. An intriguing, inspiring, and deeply humane approach—one which was shown by one of our studies to even be successful for people who did not benefit from a previous psychotherapy. Firmly grounded in basic psychological science, the book tells the reader more about approach than about avoidance goals—easy to read and an ideal recommendation for anyone with anxiety problems.”
—Jürgen Hoyer, PhD, professor for behavioral psychotherapy and director of outpatient clinical services at Technische Universität Dresden, Germany