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Practice “Urge Surfing” and Learn how to Handle Urges
When you’re in the midst of struggling with an urge, there are some things you can do to decrease your discomfort and minimize the amount of self-control you need. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Taitz offers a four step process to learn how to handle urges, followed by an exercise to help you practice “urge surfing,” and learn how to avoid giving in!
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food. Written by clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Taitz, this audiobook teaches scientifically supported skills that will teach you how to manage emotions and urges gracefully, and cope with distress skillfully. While this audiobook is intended for those who eat to help manage emotions, it offers practical techniques for anyone who wants to more skillfully manage emotions.
What’s in this episode?
In this excerpt, Dr. Taitz offers practical and effective techniques for learning how to handle urges.
Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the dialectical behavior therapy program at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York, NY. She is a certified diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is a founding board member of the New York City Association for Contextual Behavior Science. Her expertise lies in emphasizing simultaneous acceptance and change and providing tangible tools to help people get “unstuck” so they are better able to regulate their emotions.
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If you struggle to live fully and joyously because of an unhealthy relationship with eating, my hope is that this audiobook will offer you new freedom. Eating is a part of life, and this book is about living in a way that is meaningful and expansive. Unlike hundreds of other books, it will not tell you what, when, how, or how much to eat. Instead, you will practice living in full contact with the present moment, learning from your feelings, coping with distress skillfully, and developing self-compassion.