Stopping the Noise in Your Head:
The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry
In Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry (HCI Books—May 2016–$16.95), Reid Wilson, PhD, addresses how worry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety—which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement.
In his fifth published book, Dr. Wilson proposes a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on a range of sources—from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali—Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives.
Stopping the Noise in Your Head focuses on how to move into action while your mind and body are signaling you to back away. Reid encourages you to address the “noise pollution” in your head by determining if the issue is a Signal or is only Noise. A Signal is any legitimate worry that requires problem solving. Noise, on the other hand, reflects any thoughts that are irrelevant, irritating, unproductive, and repetitive. Reid’s solution involves a four-stage process. Step Back refers to your ability to gain perspective in the moment of distress. The most provocative move—Want It—emphasizes your decision to voluntarily seek out what you fear. Step Forward encourages you to move toward your task with this new point of view. Finally, Be Cunning instructs you how to be as clever as your challenger, Anxiety. According to Dr. Wilson, the most important tactic is willingly moving toward the fear: “To get stronger, you must take on tasks while you simultaneously doubt that you can manage them. Want to tackle challenges; seek out the tough encounters. That’s the attitude that will give you power.”
Highlights from the book include:
“I’m Willing to Experience This at This Moment”
― You are accepting a situation that already exists.
― Becoming upset about a difficult state of affairs is like moving into shock.
― It’s best to accept the present before we attempt to change it.
― When you stop fighting the present moment, you can turn all of your attention to ways to influence the next moment.
Choose to Become Distressed and Afraid
― You have to voluntarily and purposely choose to generate distress if you want to learn to manage distress.
― Go after what threatens you, welcome the discomfort, and allow the occasional punch in the gut from Anxiety.
― Give yourself a paradoxical message similar to “I actually WANT this feeling.”
― Choose to feel clumsy, awkward, unsure and afraid.
― Act on the mottos, “Love the mat” and “Run towards the roar.”
About the Author:
Reid Wilson, Ph.D., is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books published in nine languages. He is the author of Don’t Panic, co-author of Stop Obsessing!, and co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. Dr. Wilson is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He designed American Airlines’ first national program for the fearful flier and served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders for three years. He currently serves as the expert for WebMD’s Panic and Anxiety Community. His website, http://www.anxieties.com, is the largest anxiety self-help site on the Internet. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E’s Hoarders, and MTV’s True Life. Video clips of his presentations and his training DVDs can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/ReidWilsonPhD.
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Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry
By Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
ISBN: 9780757319068 $16.95 – May 3, 2016