Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry by Jennifer Shannon

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

The very things we do to control anxiety can make anxiety worse. This unique guide offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help you recognize the constant chatter of your anxious “monkey mind,” stop feeding anxious thoughts, and find the personal peace you crave.Ancient sages compared the human mind to a monkey: constantly chattering, hopping from bra...

Title:Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry
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Number of Pages:200 pages

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry Reviews

  • Toyin A

    I'm a card carrying member of they worriers' club and this book definitely addresses people like me.

    It starts out by identifying what part of the brain plays worry like a loop and how you can develop the resilience needed to think clearly in situations that may make you fret.

    Jennifer provides quizzes at various stage in the book to enable readers assess themselves and determine what spectrum they fall under different headings. I particularly liked the drawings/ illustrations in the book.

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    I'm a card carrying member of they worriers' club and this book definitely addresses people like me.

    It starts out by identifying what part of the brain plays worry like a loop and how you can develop the resilience needed to think clearly in situations that may make you fret.

    Jennifer provides quizzes at various stage in the book to enable readers assess themselves and determine what spectrum they fall under different headings. I particularly liked the drawings/ illustrations in the book.

    Rating: 4/5

    Favourite quote: "Difficulty tolerating doubt can lead to compulsive checking behaviors like making sure doors are locked and appliances are turned off. You’ll tend to overplan things; even weekends and vacations have a to-do list. And when the list doesn’t get finished or things don’t go as you planned them, you become upset and have difficulty enjoying the moment".

  • Rebekah Gamble

    What an excellent book!

    First, coaching and counseling as part of a larger holistic practice and I'm also someone who's dealt with 21 years of an anxiety and panic disorder. I wanted to go through a copy of this book in hopes of having something to give to my clients. This book over-delivered. It's the exact process I went through to get my own problems in check and move from surviving to thriving written in a clear, concise way. The author provides appropriate examples and case studies, step by

    What an excellent book!

    First, coaching and counseling as part of a larger holistic practice and I'm also someone who's dealt with 21 years of an anxiety and panic disorder. I wanted to go through a copy of this book in hopes of having something to give to my clients. This book over-delivered. It's the exact process I went through to get my own problems in check and move from surviving to thriving written in a clear, concise way. The author provides appropriate examples and case studies, step by step processes, and resources to help a person along the way. One of the unique gems about this read is that the author sprinkles little tidbits that let you know she's really BEEN there, not just read about it. This book was easy to read, concise, enjoyable, completely un-intimidating and really leaves the reader with a sense of hope and support. I wish I had this book when I was figuring out my own problems. Very highly recommended!

  • Joy Matteson

    Well, if this wasn't the most powerful book on anxiety I've ever read, then I don't read very much.

    Unlike most books about managing anxiety, this is isn't about trying to control anxiety, or 10 steps to manage to calm yourself. This book reveals that there's actually a squawking monkey that's screaming that your mole is probably cancer, not your true self. Since this book deals with not feeding that monkey bananas (your hijacked mindset), not trying to stop panic attacks, I think it's extremely

    Well, if this wasn't the most powerful book on anxiety I've ever read, then I don't read very much.

    Unlike most books about managing anxiety, this is isn't about trying to control anxiety, or 10 steps to manage to calm yourself. This book reveals that there's actually a squawking monkey that's screaming that your mole is probably cancer, not your true self. Since this book deals with not feeding that monkey bananas (your hijacked mindset), not trying to stop panic attacks, I think it's extremely effective.

    ALSO. Her idea for taking 10-20 minutes a day for "Worry Time" is freakin' BRILLIANT. My husband I are totally doing this. Instead of having worry steal all your joy for days and weeks on end, dedicate a time of the day before you're going to do something fun to worry your ass off. Reverse psychology, maybe--but it makes 100% sense.

    This librarian doesn't buy many books, but I did buy this one. If anxiety is an issue for you, read this. You won't regret not feeding your monkey.

  • Book Him Danno

    Just like many reviews I also have general and social Anxiety. I have struggled most of my life with it not really knowing what it was until the last 6 years ago. I hated and loved being around crowds. I would go home and analyze ever last thing I said hoping I didn't say the wrong thing or make people think I was a werido. Than I would get myself so tired up in knots I wouldn't be able to eat or sleep for days on end.

    I struggled daily to find peace and while I do take care of my anxiety not in

    Just like many reviews I also have general and social Anxiety. I have struggled most of my life with it not really knowing what it was until the last 6 years ago. I hated and loved being around crowds. I would go home and analyze ever last thing I said hoping I didn't say the wrong thing or make people think I was a werido. Than I would get myself so tired up in knots I wouldn't be able to eat or sleep for days on end.

    I struggled daily to find peace and while I do take care of my anxiety not in the natural way this book was a great guide to understanding anxiety in general. The author write using the analogy of the "Monkey Brain" which make understanding anxiety simple as well as the fun illustrations that she uses to help digest they more dryer and medical side to Anxiety make this a very enjoyable read.

    The author tells her personal struggles with anxiety and even shares that fact she had anxiety writing this book which helps the readers relate to the author on a more personal level.

    This book takes a story of feeling lost, crazy and unable to find peace of mind and fill in the details

    The author includes quizzes and exercisers that are great suggestions to cope with anxiety. Several are very tradition and others are very innovative.

    If you love someone dealing with Anxiety read this book and help them find the peace and guidance they need.

    Advance COpy from Netgalley

  • Brenda

    When I seen the title Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry I knew this book was for me and it sure was. I have been known to call my anxiety Monkey Chatter and was able to relate well to to the anxiety, fears and worry describe in this book.

    Jennifer Shannon has taken evidence based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance commitment theory (ACT), given it an easy to understand, fun unique spin using the analogy Monkey Mind and feeding the monkey

    When I seen the title Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry I knew this book was for me and it sure was. I have been known to call my anxiety Monkey Chatter and was able to relate well to to the anxiety, fears and worry describe in this book.

    Jennifer Shannon has taken evidence based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance commitment theory (ACT), given it an easy to understand, fun unique spin using the analogy Monkey Mind and feeding the monkey(which I call monkey chatter). She gives, examples, and powerful strategies to use to stop feeding the thoughts and overcome anxiety that I think are very helpful and useful.

    I highly recommend this interesting, useful, concise and enjoyable guide for anxiety, fears and worry.

    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

  • Ilana

    A very interesting and well-structured book, dealing with a common problem nowadays: anxiety. This mindset follows the logic: 'As long as I am certain, as long as I am perfect, and as long as others are okay, I will be safe, able to relax, and happy'. Instead of following the drive to perfection, safety and overprotection, the author suggests - through examples and charts - to rather face the anxiety and set-up elaborated expansion charts. One of the many useful recommendations is to start being

    A very interesting and well-structured book, dealing with a common problem nowadays: anxiety. This mindset follows the logic: 'As long as I am certain, as long as I am perfect, and as long as others are okay, I will be safe, able to relax, and happy'. Instead of following the drive to perfection, safety and overprotection, the author suggests - through examples and charts - to rather face the anxiety and set-up elaborated expansion charts. One of the many useful recommendations is to start being more focused on our needs and cope straight forward with our challenges, including by taking risks. 'Devote 5 minutes to self-care before responding to anything you think needs to get done', is a very good beginning for the process of pondering the best decisions, one smart step at a time towards your goal to set limits to your 'monkey mind'. Life is a never-ending lessons and there is always a chance to grow. A very useful and strongly recommended read, especially if you are looking for a dramatic life change this year.

    Disclaimer: ARC offered by the published in exchange for an honest review

  • Zoe

    I liked the idea of a "monkey mind", and definitely have all 3 main characteristics discussed in the book. I enjoyed the "problem presentation" part of the book very much.

    But I feel that the "solutions & suggestions" part is not very satisfying. I don't feel better equipped to tackle my monkey mind after reading the book. hence the 3 stars rating.

  • Matt Holmes

    Cutesy CBT therapy that hinges on viewing your amygdala as an uninvited simian cohabitant of your skull, screeching into your frontal lobes. Advice on how to get him to shut his mouth, mostly in the form of lists. A smattering of positive self-talk scripts. Nothing new here.

    I like the concept of externalizing the part of your anxiety that would otherwise create the self-judgment feedback loop. The whole "jesus, I'm doing it again. Why am I like this?" thing transforms into "Oh, good, the monkey'

    Cutesy CBT therapy that hinges on viewing your amygdala as an uninvited simian cohabitant of your skull, screeching into your frontal lobes. Advice on how to get him to shut his mouth, mostly in the form of lists. A smattering of positive self-talk scripts. Nothing new here.

    I like the concept of externalizing the part of your anxiety that would otherwise create the self-judgment feedback loop. The whole "jesus, I'm doing it again. Why am I like this?" thing transforms into "Oh, good, the monkey's back. Hey dude. Yeah, go ahead... you done? Cool. See you next time there's a deadline or loud noise."

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