Can’t Stop Thinking: How To Let Go of Anxiety and Free Yourself from Obsessive Rumination

New Harbinger. Jun. 2021. 168p. ISBN 9781684036776. pap. $18.95. SELF-HELP
According to psychotherapist Colier (The Power of Off), rumination, or obsessional thinking, is at the root of many people’s problems. It causes problems in life and overall well-being because it’s not productive and increases stress and anxiety. This guide describes types of rumination, including self-criticism, negativity, fear, and worry. Colier offers substitute behaviors to counteract negative thoughts, such as replacement, redirecting attention, and facing the fear of letting go. She concludes with a vision of a free inner life, and advocates “surrender” as an opportunity to experience life fully.
VERDICT While there is more verbiage than necessary, this book offers solid relief and a way forward from obsessional thinking.
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