Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

The very things we do to control anxiety can make anxiety worse. This unique guide offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help you recognize the constant chatter of your anxious “monkey mind,” stop feeding anxious thoughts, and find the personal peace you crave.

Ancient sages compared the human mind to a monkey: constantly chattering, hopping from branch to branch—endlessly moving from fear to safety. If you are one of the millions of people whose life is affected by anxiety, you are familiar with this process. Unfortunately, you can’t switch off the “monkey mind,” but you can stop feeding the monkey—or stop rewarding it by avoiding the things you fear.

Written by psychotherapist Jennifer Shannon, this book shows you how to stop anxious thoughts from taking over using proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques, as well as fun illustrations. By following the exercises in this book, you’ll learn to identify your own anxious thoughts, question those thoughts, and uncover the core fears at play.

Once you stop feeding the monkey, there are no limits to how expansive your life can feel. This book will show you how anxiety can only continue as long as you try to avoid it. And, paradoxically, only by seeking out and confronting the things that make you anxious can you reverse the cycle that keeps your fears alive.

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2 Responses to Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

  1. Anonymous says:

    Humorous, insightful, and SO very practical 🙂 Jennifer Shannon’s superbly humorous and insightful book was just what I needed during an especially anxiety-riddled family visit I experienced. The three assumptions kicked in automatically (“I must be 100% certain. I must not make mistakes. I am responsible for everyone happiness and safety”) and I was exhausted and upset when my family finally left. Then I reread the chapters on “Purpose and Plan,” “Lowering the Stakes,” and “Practicing Praise” and…

  2. Anonymous says:

    This book is my new bible I’ve struggled with anxiety for 10+ years, been on medication, regular visits to a therapist and I can say that none of that has been as effective to me as this book. Jennifer Shannon was inside my head throughout the entirety of this book, I often caught myself saying things out loud in disbelief at how much I could relate. Not only could I relate, but her way of changing your thinking was something I feel as though could actually help me on a long term basis. It’s also a great read for anyone…

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