The Dutiful Worrier: How to Stop Compulsive Worry Without Feeling Guilty

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New Harbinger Publications, May 1, 2011 - Self-Help - 168 pages
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Do you feel it's your duty to worry?

If your answer to this question is "yes," you may be suffering from a type of compulsive behavior called dutiful worrying. On the positive side, dutiful worrying can make you feel as if you're actually doing something to improve or control your situation. But this unproductive habit eventually robs you of energy and peace of mind and can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

The Dutiful Worrier pinpoints why some of us become compulsive worriers and offers a four-step program to end this vicious circle. With this book, you'll:

•Identify and change the thoughts that propel your worry
•Learn to make decisions without ruminating about them
•Overcome feelings of guilt when you don't worry
•Let go and give up worrying once and for all

Complete with self-evaluations and exercises, this book offers guidance for keeping perspective and accepting that you are not responsible for preventing catastrophe. Without the burden of dutiful worrying, you will be able to enjoy life more freely and fully.

This book has received the prestigious accolade of being included in The Albert Ellis Tribute Book Series—created to honor the life and work of Albert Ellis, the founder of rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT). REBT is one of the most widely-practiced therapies throughout the world and is the foundation for cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based approaches. These books provide proven-effective treatments and tools to improve psychological well-being, while also supporting advancements in psychotherapy for the betterment of humanity.


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Once I had discovered that the route of my depression was my anxiety and worrying, this booked provided a great foundation to help me work towards a better way to approach my problems. I would highly recommend these book, even for those that think that they don't worry, as it highlights traits within everyone which will help you live a more peaceful and serene life. 


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Elliot D. Cohen, PhD, is professor and chair of the department of humanities at Indian River State College, adjunct professor of clinical ethics at the Florida State University College of Medicine, and director of the Institute of Critical Thinking. The author of numerous books and articles, he is a principal founder of philosophical counseling in the United States and inventor of logic-based therapy. He writes a blog for Psychology Today and has been quoted in major media venues, including New York Times Magazine.

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