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Work anxiety. Relationship anxiety. Social anxiety. World anxiety. Money anxiety. Health anxiety.

How does reading those words make you feel?

All too often, when we experience the things that give us anxiety, our first instinct is to try to run away or numb out from feeling them. But what if the unpleasant feelings you want to turn away from are actually vital sources of information about your well-being?

In The Wisdom of Anxiety, counselor Sheryl Paul examines the deeper meaning of the racing thoughts, sweaty palms, and insomnia that accompany the uncertain moments of our lives. No one likes to feel anxiety - and yet, Paul asserts it can be a remarkably direct messenger of our subconscious. Here you will learn how you can pause and listen to your anxieties to discover inner truths that you've been avoiding.

This lyrically written audiobook not only considers the many forms anxieties can take, but also provides deep-dive practices for addressing them at their roots.

Whether it's worry around raising children, nervousness about world events, or any other way anxiety manifests, The Wisdom of Anxiety can help you uncover the true source of your discomfort and find the rich self-knowledge within.

©2019 Sheryl Paul (P)2019 Tantor

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not much here for men

The book is okay but it's main focus is on bored women. There isn't much, or anything on anxiety disorders

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  • Marie Stanesic
  • 01-12-2019

Soothing Voice and New Information

As someone who has been in therapy off and on for 42 years, I was pleasantly surprised that there are some new ideas in this book that led to some ah-ha moments! Additionally the narrator’s voice was so dang soothing ! Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-2019

Blessing in a book!

This book is a must read for anyone who struggles with anxiety... or even those who dont. Sheryl's perspective is such a healing balm for the soul and the anxious mind. I am so grateful for her deep work in this arena. This book is not a quick fix.. although even just listening is super insightful.. But the practices provided are truly transformational. When I stick with the lifestyle shifts, practices, and keep touching in with my loving inner parent, my perception, thoughts and life are radically different. She also has a very lovely writing style and I think Leslie, the reader for this audio book does a nice job and is a great fit for the content. Thank you so much for this book Sheryl ❤🙏❤

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  • Christina Rodriguez
  • 14-10-2020

An absolutely wonderful book

This book was amazing. I'll definitely be listening to it again. I loved the narrators voice and her cadence. I'd consider this book life changing.

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  • Jackie
  • 13-03-2020

Good Choice for the Right Person at Right Time

I have dealt with anxiety and intrusive thoughts since early childhood. Though I have always been highly functional, now I am in my late twenties, and my symptoms have taken a turn for the worse. I chose to listen to this book to supplement my weekly meetings with a cognitive behavioral therapist. The central tenet of this book is a paradox: in order to gain some distance from your anxious thoughts, you need to bring them closer, and examine them with a curious mind. Running away from bad feelings only makes those feelings stronger and more creative. I do NOT think this book is for everyone: people who live in violent neighborhoods or who have experienced PTSD, for example, might not find it helpful to think of their anxiety as a welcome, metaphorical messenger (though I cannot speak for them). However, as a young, white woman who struggles with perfectionism and persistent unease, despite her many privileges, I found this book healing and insightful.

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  • Michelle Snow
  • 26-01-2020

Amazing

This book is not just for those of us struggling with anxiety. This book has amazing tools for all. If you want to expand your self awareness, rise above patterns that are holding you back in life, feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin, be a better parent, friend or partner, this book is for you! Listen! You won't be sorry!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2020

worth getting

not exactly what i was looking for but still good, worthwhile even if you dont agree with all the content.

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 22-07-2020

Great message, just a little scattered at times

I loved this book’s overall message. The idea that anxiety is a message carrier, rather than a thing to be fought or pushed away, is one that resonates well with me, despite what mainstream medicine often communicates to us through its prescriptions and medications. We simply cannot ignore our inner worlds, Paul states. To do so would be to continually invite anxiety and disease into our lives. She’s absolutely right — our superficial, symptom-fighting culture often ignores this message, telling us we can medicate through shopping, eating, drinking, and the like. Yet, in reality, when we don’t confront the things we’ve buried deep, we’re really only inviting anxiety to stick around longer. The first few chapters of this book are packed with this sort of thinking — opening up and listening to the messages our anxiety is trying to deliver. I really, really enjoyed them. After those first few chapters, however, I felt like the book started to get a little scattered. Though Paul always brings the discussion back to anxiety, there are parts of the book that feel more like general advice on how to live well. Though I certainly welcome such advice, it didn’t always seem totally relevant to anxiety in general. For example, there are some sections on approaching the different seasons of the year that felt a bit misplaced. Yes, it’s all related to mental health, but it’s not always centered around anxiety. I think that’s worth noting before jumping in. I listened to this one on Audible, and I had a tough time with the narrator. At times it sounded like she was whispering or trying to be too spiritual in her delivery. Often, while driving, I couldn’t get the audio loud enough to fully / clearly hear what she was saying. As such, I’d recommend the print version. All of that said, this book is pretty solid. Its message is really important and profound, and it’s one that we often lose sight of in our hustle and bustle, consumerist society. If you’re looking for a new approach to anxiety, definitely give it a shot. -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • Baldvin B
  • 12-01-2020

A book that will be read again and again

This book really hits on a soul level for me and helped to shows up to my inner world with loving kindness.

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  • Holly
  • 03-01-2020

A gift of wisdom

I really loved this book. It is full of deep insights into the psyche. There are many exercises to complete which help with integration. It is written in a beautifully poetic way. I also loved the narration.

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  • mex
  • 01-12-2019

Amazing insight into anxiety and how to relieve it

I have just finished it, learned so much from it, now I’m going to start over from the beginning to hear the bits I may have missed. I will recommend to anyone looking for deeper answers.

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  • Rebecca Moodey
  • 04-11-2019

Amazing!

What an absolutely fantastic book. I wouldn't be without it now and listen to parts of it on a regular basis whenever I'm feeling a little anxious

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