Worry is a thorn in our side—a rude audience member at the performance of our lives. Worry likes to trick you into thinking there’s danger where there is none, and then urges you to fight, fly, or freeze. In today’s episode, we’re giving worries a taste of its their own medicine with an excerpt from the audiobook The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It, written by psychologist and anxiety expert, David A. Carbonell.
The Worry Trick shows how anxiety hijacks the brain and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry, once and for all. The techniques in this audiobook, rather than encouraging you to avoid or try to resist anxiety, reveal the trick that lies beneath your anxious thoughts, and teaches you why avoiding anxiety backfires and always make things worse.
In this excerpt, Dr. Carbonell introduces us to the comic character of “Uncle Argument”―a belligerent relative who insists on arguing with you, and a potent metaphor for chronic anxiety. You’ll sympathize with the plight of being stuck next to Uncle Argument, and learn how to outwit both him—and your worries!