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The Worry Trick

How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It
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Are you truly in danger or has your brain simply "tricked" you into thinking you are? In The Worry Trick, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows how anxiety hijacks the brain and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry, once and for all.

Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this audiobook is designed to help you break the cycle of worry.

Worry convinces us there's danger, and then tricks us into getting into fight, flight, or freeze mode - even when there is no danger. The techniques in this audiobook, rather than encouraging you to avoid or try to resist anxiety, show you how to see the trick that underlies your anxious thoughts, and how avoidance can backfire and make anxiety worse.

If you're ready to start observing your anxious feelings with distance and clarity - rather than getting tricked once again - this audiobook will show you how.

©2016 David A. Carbonell (P)2016 Wetware Media

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  • nf
  • 05-10-2017

wow!

I have severe health anxiety that i overcame once and am in the process of again. This is an absolute necessity of information that can and will help anyone who is trying to recover. I had burst out laughing many times throughout this book in times of great distress! This will be my go to guide along with anything claire weeks and atlast a life by paul david. They are all life savers! Thank you!!!

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  • Shelly Haskell
  • 20-09-2017

Tame those worries.

If you have ever worried yourself sick, this book will help you get perspective and tame those worries.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2017

Solid perspective on worry

This audio book covered, from a very grounded and practical perspective, some of the root causes and techniques to manage worry and anxiety. I enjoyed the practical advice and clear vision towards the thinking patterns that trigger and elevate anxious thinking.

Having read several books on the subject, I would say I found little 'new' concepts, however the author's plain English and practical approach was quite enlightening.

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  • Zubair Ahmed
  • 13-09-2017

Helpful

I believe that the content covers a wider aspect of title and having some good practical exercises. Overall good book.

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  • Vernon L. Thomas
  • 09-01-2018

Great tools for worriers.

Good about what worry is and what our thoughts are . Good advice and tools to use in your life for those of us who worry a lot.

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  • Anonymous
  • 21-08-2017

Good book

I really liked this book. The concepts have helped me look at things differently. Thank you!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-2017

Awesome...I learned some new techniques

I loved listening to this book. It has definitely thought me to be friends with my worries. I think whether you chronically worry about stuff or you just have things that really worry you at times, this book will teach you on how to lighten the loads of worry from your brain. Glad I bought it

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  • Samantha Julien
  • 29-08-2017

Great read!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Everything was so detailed and clearly explained. Thanks!

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  • Walt Longmire
  • 19-03-2019

The Worry Trick is the Worry Cure

I have read many books on anxiety, worry, CBT, REBT, and both the Worry Trick and the Worry Cure. In my view I have found that CBT has some flaws where a person disputes thoughts, but how do you dispute irrational thoughts if you are in a mental place of being irrational (worries and anxieties). I was please do hear the author state this very similar concern with CBT.

The information in this book about how worries start, how to "change your relationship" with worry, how to use counter intuitive approaches has been a big help to me. I would say out of decades of reading and working through various anxiety issues this book has had the most positive impact on my thinking and approach to worry. I have so many notes in this audible book that I wrote many down for a daily a guide and bought the printed book. This book is pure gold. I had it to two weeks and on my second listen.

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  • AstroGirlBunny
  • 11-10-2018

Finally a realistic book on worry and anxiety!

Excellently done! I was worried (of course) that the audio version would be dry but it's great! I'm listening and nodding in agreement with what he's saying. Even laughing at times. And I wondered why Cognitive Restructuring didn't always work for me. He's a realist and lays it out and explains why this can backfire for some people! And how to know! Wealth of information. Feeling understood for the first time in a long time while listening to him. I am understanding myself better. Knowledge is power. There is no cure-all but finally a therapist who gets real about those with serious anxiety/worry. Because we are different than those with only occasional worry. It's a whole different animal that's often misunderstood even by professionals. Excellent book, easy to listen to, highly recommend it to those that deal with worry or anxiety or over thinking. Or if you have a loved one that struggles with it. This will help you understand them much better and why they can't just stop worrying!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2017

great book

the book provides good techniques to combat obsessive and persistent worrying using a counterintuitive approach. Like many I was struggling so much with fighting thoughts in my head and attempting to reassure myself, this ultimately did not serve me well and I felt a new approach was needed. I can say this book has helped me so much, it will assist you to sit with worry without trying to hide it or argue with it. Give it a go I say

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  • MrsMum
  • 28-12-2018

Unhelpful

Unhelpful. Actually made me worry more! The book provides an outline of various techniques to minimise worrying, but the author’s obvious total lack of personal experience in this area meant the book was written with a complete lack of empathy & understanding. I would recommend that anyone suffering from anxiety steer well clear of this book!

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  • PANAGIOTIS GALANIS
  • 26-11-2017

An excellent book for everyone.

An excellent book, useful for everyone, not just for those that feel generally anxious. Gives understanding on how anxiety works and how can be best addressed by those that suffer, and those around them in simple language and natural ways of communication.

Simply excellent.

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  • Oxana
  • 06-06-2018

nothing new

If it’s your first book about worrying it might be ok to read it. Unfortunately it just repeats well known information. I didn’t really get an answer what is the worry trick. After old good Dale Carnegie’s “How to stop worrying and start living” not really a hit.

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  • Terry Miles
  • 20-11-2017

Truly awful

This book successfully replaced my worries with intense irritation. Like a lot of American self-help books it is 95% padding and stories of patients recounted very slowly. In future I’m going to avoid any book by someone with a name with middle initial and a PhD after it.

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  • M Ingledew
  • 24-10-2017

Sensible and sound

At times he could have been talking about me directly. Will have to listen again I am sure to remind myself of the techniques. Best line for me was thoughts are like the guard dogs in your mind, barking at everything..

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  • Nunya
  • 17-01-2018

Very informative and new

the book was insightful and offered new approaches to chronic worry for me. notetaking helped throughout. the narration can be a bit showy at times but I think this is intentional given the subject. it was refreshing to hear critical thinking about CBT as well. I've got pages of new tools and techniques to use. well done.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 24-11-2017

Highly recommend to understand anxiety

This is excellent for both those who worry and for understanding loved ones with anxiety, as it is not easy to explain or understand anxiety if you do not worry yourself.
The narrator was very good and enjoyable to listen to. I listened through once and will do so again to try the techniques that were suggested.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2018

Rubbish

No new concepts, none that help. Really hated this book and made me feel worse.

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  • Matthew L. Peskett
  • 12-02-2018

A condescending narrator with low empathy

The best audio books are narrated by their author and as a consequence are read naturally and with passion. This one sounds like it's narrated by the factual audio sub title guy on your TV. I gave up after 3 minutes of being talked to like a child.

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