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Stopping The Noise In Your Head

by Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Publisher: HCI

ISBN: 9780757319068



Did you lock the door? Did you prepare enough? Will you get there on time? What if you forget something? What if someone gets sick? Do you have enough money? From the little daily naggings to the bigger life-impacting thoughts, worry can consume us. It’s time to flip our perspective on this mental chatter and recognize that worry serves a purpose in our lives. In fact, worry can be healthy.

Stopping the Noise in Your Head provides you with a step-by-step approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security…and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress, and discomfort.
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.

  • Learn to identify the difference between heart-racing, sweaty-palm Signals (I just missed the train!) and Noise (What if I miss the train?)
  • Detect anxiety-ridden patterns by catching yourself in the midst of them
  • Use the power of perspective—“This is hard, and I can handle it”—to get through
  • Choose to feel clumsy, awkward, unsure, and afraid as a means for managing distress
  • Pinpoint situations when you must “act as though”

Worry is a game. Anxiety’s best strategy is to convince you to spend most of your energy worrying about how to protect yourself or someone else against harm. It scores points by getting you to worry and then step back instead of step forward into the action. Stopping the Noise will arm you with the strategies you need to defeat your opponent once and for all.

About the Author


About the author


REID WILSON, Ph.D. is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center and is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry (HCI Books) and Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper) and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (ADAA), is co-author, with Dr. Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Bantam), is co-author, with Lynn Lyons, LICSW, of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children (HCI Books) and of Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. He is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier.  He designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier. He serves as the Expert for WebMD’s Anxiety and Panic Community. His free self-help website – www.anxieties.com – serves 500,000 visitors per year. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Katie Show, Good Morning America, and CNN. He has served as psychologist in an episode of A&E’s Hoarders. In 2014 he was honored with the highest award given by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and he was presented the 2019 Service Award by the International OCD Foundation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Worry Works for Me
Chapter 2: It’s a Competition


Chapter 3: Ahhh… The Comfort of Certainty
Chapter 4: An Amygdala, a Priest and a Rabbi…


Chapter 5: Noise Pollution
Chapter 6: Make It NOT About Your Content
Chapter 7: Content and Competition
Chapter 8: Move the Massive
Chapter 9: Be Mindful of the Moment

Chapter 10: Taking the Paradoxical Point of View
Chapter 11: A Profound Experience With the Toilet
Chapter 12: Message to Self: I Want This

Chapter 13: Dangling by Fingertips
Chapter 14: An Olympic Attitude
Chapter 15: How to Talk Like a First Responder
Chapter 16: “I Made It as Unpleasant as I Could – and Then I Waited”

Chapter 17: The Art of Cunning: Rope-a-Dope and the Brer Rabbit Offense
Chapter 18: Act as Though This is Such a Clever Tactic
Chapter 19: Talking to Anxiety
Chapter 20: “Give Me Your Threats – Let Them Come”

Chapter 21: You’re Going Where?
Chapter 22: Plan Your Strategy
Chapter 23: Change Your Voice
Chapter 24: Shift Your Attitude
Chapter 25: Make Your Play
Appendix A: Need Coaching? Get Treatment
Appendix B: Resources