Leave Your Mind Behind: The Everyday Practice of Finding Stillness Amid Rushing Thoughts (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Leave Your Mind Behind: The Everyday Practice of Finding Stillness Amid Rushing Thoughts (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Matthew McKay PhD, Catharine Sutker

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Overview

We typically have little control over our thoughts, but we often invest them with a lot of authority-even when they contradict what our experiences tell us to be true. Take a moment right now and think "There's a hungry grizzly bear sitting next to me." Chances are you didn't take that thought literally and run screaming from the room. But what if instead you had thought, "I'll never get a better job," "I'm boring," or "No one loves me?" Just like that terrifying grizzly, these more garden-variety thoughts are just words and pictures that pop into our minds. But often we take thoughts like these literally and let them trick us into avoiding the lives we really want to live.

This book offers a collection of light-hearted practices readers can use to learn to observe their thoughts without getting caught up in them. Each practice is grounded in a component of the new acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) called cognitive defusion: the process of "de-fusing" or not identifying or becoming one with your thoughts. Sometimes downright strange-imagine yourself hearing your thoughts in the voice of a headless monster!-these activities don't seek to stop or control problematic thinking. Instead, they work to show readers how to observe thoughts without judgment and learn to live with the confounding and marvelous word-making, story-telling machine that is the human mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684036189
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 12/01/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 151,059
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Matthew McKay, Ph.D., is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He is the author and coauthor of more than twenty-five books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Messages, When Anger Hurts, Self-Esteem, and The Self-Esteem Guided Journal. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In private practice, he specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety, anger, and depression.

Catharine Sutker is an editor and freelance writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the coauthor of The Self-Esteem Companion, The Self-Esteem Guided Journal, and The Self-Nourishment Companion.

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