How to master anxiety

All you need to know to overcome stress, panic attacks, phobias, trauma, obsessions & more

by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

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This down-to-earth and easy-to-read book is a life-changer. Thousands of people, suffering from a wide range of anxiety disorders – from panic attacks and phobias to post-traumatic stress and obsessive thoughts – have already benefited from the many insights and psychological techniques it contains, and now you can too.

Packed full of useful information, How to Master Anxiety will not only throw light on the causes of your anxiety but, more importantly, show you how to control it. Its clear and practical advice is suitable for anyone who wants to conquer their own over-anxious behaviour – whatever it is – or to help others overcome theirs.

With plenty of easy-to-learn techniques to help you relax, avoid ‘black and white thinking’ and change your perspective on whatever it is you fear, it also includes encouraging case studies to show how others have successfully mastered all kinds of anxious and phobic behaviour.

Essential information for every anxious person:

  • How anxiety and stress are closely related, how to recognise when you are under stress and what to do about it
  • What exactly is going on in your body when anxiety overwhelms you and why it reacts like this – understanding lessens the fear
  • A range of relaxation procedures to free up your brain and help you think more clearly
  • How to use the positive power of your imagination to manage your thoughts and feelings and change your experience of stress and in appropriate anxiety
  • A look at the three different levels involved in anxiety disorders
  • The natural survival mechanisms that you can harness to help you
  • Specific techniques for overcoming a variety of anxiety disorders, neutralising fears and other psychological traumas (including PTSD).

  • Format: Paperback (250pp)
  • ISBN: 1-899398-81-3

About the author(s)

Joe GriffinJoe Griffin is a social psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the LSE. He has had many years experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists.

Scientific reviewers around the world have described his research on dreaming with such phrases as, “The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology... rigorously scientific... an important milestone... moves our understanding on significantly... a watershed in our exploration of the evolution of mental processes... a major key to the nature of all psychic states.” He is co-author with Ivan Tyrrell of five landmark monographs about advances in psychological interventions for emotional disturbances and numerous best-selling books, including How to lift, Freedom from Addiction and Why we dream: the definitive answer.

Joe has two daughters and lives with his wife, Liz, in a small medieval town by the river Barrow in rural Ireland.

Ivan TyrrellIvan Tyrrell's interest in psychology stems from a childhood experience of undergoing surgery under hypnosis. For twenty years he studied the comparative effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling models, linking this to what science is discovering about the brain and mind/body/mood connections. As Editorial Director of the Human Givens Journal he has collaborated on many major articles with a variety of distinguished clinicians, writers and other individuals with a focus on psychology, social issues and mental health.

Ivan worked for many years as a psychotherapist and lecturer and is now director of Human Givens College. He founded the Human Givens Institute. He has one son and three daughters and lives with his wife, Véronique, in the Cotswold countryside.

Media reviews

"This book is a further wonderful aid. It throws, as it were, a rope to a drowning person. It gives the reader an immediate feeling that it is possible to take control again. And it is down-to-earth.

The authors begin by explaining the process — what is happening to us physiologically, emotionally and cognitively — when we become anxious. They explain for example what is happening in our bodies when we are in an anxious state and over-breathing. The knowledge that the physical symptoms we experience are due to a greater or lesser degree of hyperventilation — and nothing more serious — itself has a calming effect. And they show us how to reverse this. Similarly the knowledge that anxiety is a natural survival mechanism — the fight/flight response — helps our understanding of what is going on when we become aroused and anxious. Becoming aroused and anxious has in turn a profound effect on our thinking processes and our perspective on life. And the authors have masses of practical suggestions for bringing sanity to negative thinking processes.

Within the pages of this book you will find practical information about, and specific techniques for overcoming, generalised worry; poor sleep and how this can lead to depression; post-traumatic stress; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); panic attacks; agoraphobia; phobias; psychosis. There is also a variety of case studies — examples of people whose problems have been relieved.

The book is well laid out and easy to read. It has headings and sub-headings which are clear and accessible and little “nuggets” of information highlighted along the way.

Being given this book is like being given a key. It is based on scientific insights and is unemotional and immediately practical. It makes anxiety understandable and reversible."

Ruth Morozzo, Footnotes Journal