Women Who Think Too Much: How to Break Free of Overthinking and Reclaim Your Life

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2004 - Psychology - 288 pages
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From one of the nation's preeminent experts on women and emotion, a breakthrough new book about how to stop negative thinking and become more productive
It's no surprise that our fast-paced, overly self-analytical culture is pushing many people-especially women-to spend countless hours thinking about negative ideas, feelings, and experiences. Renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema calls this overthinking, and her groundbreaking research shows that an increasing number of women-more than half of those in her extensive study-are doing it too much and too often, hindering their ability to lead a satisfying life. Overthinking can be anything from fretting about the big questions such as "What am I doing with my life?" to losing sleep over a friend's innocent comment. It is causing many women to end up sad, anxious, or seriously depressed, and Nolen-Hoeksema challenges the assumption-heralded by so many pop-psychology pundits of the last several decades-that constantly expressing and analyzing our emotions is a good thing.
In Women Who Think Too Much, Nolen-Hoeksema shows us what causes so many women to be overthinkers and provides concrete strategies that can be used to escape these negative thoughts, move to higher ground, and live more productively. Women Who Think Too Much will change lives and is destined to become a self-help classic.

 

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Nolen-Hoeksema (psychology, Univ. of Michigan) labels excessive brooding or ruminating "overthinking" and posits that women are more apt to engage in it than men because of social and psychological ... Read full review

Contents

An Epidemic of Overthinking
1
Whats Wrong with Overthinking?
3
If It Hurts So Much Why Do We Do It?
32
Womens Unique Vulnerabilities
48
Strategies for Overcoming Overthinking
57
Breaking Free
59
Moving to Higher Ground
80
Avoiding Future Traps
105
The Parent Trap Overthinking and Our Children
165
Always on the Job Overthinking Work and Careers
184
Toxic Thoughts Overthinking Health Problems
205
Cant Get Over It Overthinking Loss and Trauma
221
Moving Our Society to Higher Ground
243
NOTES
255
RESOURCES
261
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
263

Triggers for Overthinking
131
Married to My Worries Overthinking Intimate Relationships
133
Family Matters Overthinking Our Parents and Siblings
152

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Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her award-winning research has been funded by major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and several private foundations. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and son.

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