How to Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You

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Citadel Press, 1999 - Psychology - 243 pages
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Anxiety is in many ways a blessing, warding off dangers, preserving life, and making you aware of obnoxious things that you can change -- when it is healthy anxiety, that is, involving feelings of concern, caution, and vigilance. Unhealthy anxiety, however, leads to paralyzing panic, obsessive worry, and phobias that prevent you from doing things that you conceive of as dangerous but are not. Unhealthy anxiety inhibits everyday activities and relationships.

How to Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You provides you with scores of thinking, feeling, and action methods for controlling anxiety. It describes many real cases of anxiety, including those that deal with performance anxiety, as well as social, job hunting, love, sex, and other forms of anxiety. The book includes over 200 rational maxims for decreasing anxiety and increasing prospects for success and happiness at home and in the workplace.


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Why I Am Convinced That You Can Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You
What Anxiety Is and How It Often Controls You
Luckily Most of Your Anxiety Is SelfCreated and Can Be Uncreated
Irrational Beliefs That Make You Anxious
Disputing Your AnxietyCreating Irrational Beliefs
Using Rational Coping SelfStatements
Using Positive Visualization and Modeling
Using CostBenefit Analysis to Control Your Anxiety
Some Forceful and Dramatic Methods of Controlling Your Anxiety
Firmly Convincing Yourself of Your Rational and SelfHelping Beliefs
Using a Sense of Humor to Control Your Anxiety
Using Exposure and Behavioral Desensitization
Tolerating and Staying in AnxietyProvoking Situations
Using Reinforcement Methods to Control Your Anxiety
Using Penalties to Control Your Anxiety
Using the Method of Fixed Roleplaying to Control Your Anxiety

Using Educational Methods to Control Your Anxiety
Using Relaxation and Cognitive Distraction Methods
Using Reframing Methods
Using ProblemSolving Methods to Control Your Anxiety
Using Unconditional SelfAcceptance USA
Using Unconditional Acceptance of Others to Control Your Anxiety
Using Rational Emotive Imagery
Using ShameAttacking Exercises to Control Your Anxiety
What About Biology and the Use of Medications?
A Remarkably Efficient Way to Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You
104 Rational Maxims to Control My Anxious Thinking
62 Rational Maxims to Control My Anxious Feelings and My Bodily Reactions to Anxiety
65 Rational Maxims To Help Me Act Against My Discomfort Anxiety and My Irrational Fears
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Page 230 - Secaucus, NJ: Lyle Stuart. Ellis, A. (1990) Is rational-emotive therapy (RET) 'rationalist' or 'constructivist'? In A. Ellis and W. Dryden, The Essential Albert Ellis (pp. 1 14-41). New York: Springer. Ellis, A.

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Albert Ellis was a clinical psychologist and a marriage counselor. He was born on September 27, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ellis originated the rational-emotive therapy movement, which ignores Freudian theories and advocates the belief that emotions come from conscious thought "as well as internalized ideas of which the individual may be unaware." At first, Ellis' books on marital romance and sexuality were criticized by some as being radical and sensational; however, few realized that Ellis was merely laying the groundwork for modern sex education. Ellis was educated at the City College of New York Downtown and at Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1943. He taught for a number of years at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and the Union Graduate School. He was executive director of the Institute for Rational Living, Inc., in New York City. Ellis was the author of Sex and the Liberated Man, Sex Without Guilt, and Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century. Despite his health issues, Ellis never stopped working with the assistance of his wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe Ellis. In April 2006, Ellis was hospitalized with pneumonia, and had to stay in either the hospital or the rehabilitation facility. He eventually returned to his home --- the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute. He died there on July 24, 2007 in his wife's arms. Ellis had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and 1200 articles during his lifetime. He was 93 when he died.

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