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  • A CBT-Based Guide to Getting over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts
  • By: Sally M. Winston PsyD, Martin N. Seif PhD
  • Narrated by: Senn Annis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts

By: Sally M. Winston PsyD,Martin N. Seif PhD
Narrated by: Senn Annis
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Summary

You are not your thoughts! In this powerful book, two anxiety experts offer proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills to help you get unstuck from disturbing thoughts, overcome the shame these thoughts can bring, and reduce your anxiety.

If you suffer from unwanted, intrusive, frightening, or even disturbing thoughts, you might worry about what these thoughts mean about you. Thoughts can seem like messages - are they trying to tell you something? But the truth is that they are just thoughts, and don’t necessarily mean anything. Sane and good people have them. If you are someone who is plagued by thoughts you don’t want - thoughts that scare you, or thoughts you can’t tell anyone about - this book may change your life. 

In this compassionate guide, you’ll discover the different kinds of disturbing thoughts, myths that surround your thoughts, and how your brain has a tendency to get “stuck” in a cycle of unwanted rumination. You’ll also learn why common techniques to get rid of these thoughts can backfire. And finally, you’ll learn powerful cognitive behavioral skills to help you cope with and move beyond your thoughts, so you can focus on living the life you want. Your thoughts will still occur, but you will be better able to cope with them - without dread, guilt, or shame. 

If you have unwanted thoughts, you should remember that you aren’t alone. In fact, there are millions of people just like you -good people who have awful thoughts, gentle people with violent thoughts, and sane people with “crazy” thoughts. This book will show you how to move past your thoughts so you can reclaim your life! 

This book has been selected as an Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Book Recommendation - an honor bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools listeners can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

©2017 Sally M. Winston, PsyD and Martin N. Seif, PhD (P)2020 New Harbinger Publications

Critic reviews

“This important book is essential and mandatory reading for anyone affected by unwanted and intrusive thoughts, and their health providers. The authors crystallize decades of experience into a perfectly clear and readable guide. The solution to this misunderstood problem is in this book.” (Joseph A. Adams, MD, medical director at Baltimore Health Systems and Step By Step of Maryland, LLC, and past president at Smoke Free Maryland)

“I wish I would have had access to this book twenty years ago! Sally Winston and Martin Seif have put all the pieces of the puzzle together to help people understand and overcome unwanted intrusive thoughts. This is a must-read book, packed with information to help people suffering with anxiety-provoking intrusive thoughts, as well as clinicians who are trying to help them.” (Kimberly J. Morrow, LCSW, maintains a private practice in Erie, PA; specializes in the treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); provides training and case consultation for clinicians through www.anxietytraining.com; and is author of Face It and Feel It)

“It turns out that commonsense approaches to stopping our worries, such as pushing thoughts away, arguing with them, or seeking reassurance, actually feed these worries and help them grow. Sally Winston and Martin Seif—two of the brightest minds in our field - deliver a simple yet powerful two-step process for change.” (Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head)

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Im 44 and I red a lot about addiction,mental health,in my case OCD intrusive thoughts and this book was the best ever.I really aprecciated.

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Good to understand Intrusive thoughts

Great at dispelling myths. Things you think would help, only seem to make intrusive thoughts worse. Narration not bad.

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life changing.

stuggle daily with intrusive thoughts for past 15 years.this book has given me hope for future.thank you so much

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Really helpful

Been struggling with intrusive thoughts for a few weeks, and alongside CBT therapy this audiobook really helps. It explains that what you are feeling is not uncommon, and provides techniques to help you move on. Really useful.

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The most helpful book I have read on the subject

I highly recommend this book, even if you have ready many other self help books on topics such as anxiety and CBT. Helpful explanations and practical advice.

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A must read/listen

This helped me understand that my thoughts are nothing but thoughts. The author does a great job at helping you observe your thoughts in a non-judgemental way. Offers some practical and humorous applications too.

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Life changing

Having struggled with OCD thinking and intrusive thoughts for as long as I can remember, making my life a misery, despite having lots in my life that I love and lots of therapy, this has been life changing. I would recommend this to anyone but especially ‘over-thinkers’. I have also reduced my alcohol intake at the same time so I think this has a part to play.

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Game Changer

Ironically, if control of thoughts is what you are looking for - this is it, look no further.

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Eased my mind

Some really hard hitting bits in this book but handles well, soft approach with no nonsense where approrpiate.

The narrator became very monotonous though so had to listen in many parts and I feel this would limit me wanting to listen again. I do however think I would revisit but with the hard copy of the book as the content is good.

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fantastic!

a super helpful book which I believe helps with all symptoms of anxiety, physical and mental. You treat them all the same way and this book explains it perfectly. I listened to the whole thing in two days as it was that good! thank you

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