Overthinking is also known as worrying or ruminating and it's a form of anxiety that many people suffer from.Psychologist and New Zealand bestselling author Gwendoline Smith explains in clear and simple language the concepts of positive and negative overthinking, the truth about worry and how to deal with the 'thought viruses' that are holding you back.She helps you understand what's going on in your head, using humour, lots of examples and anecdotes, and she offers powerful strategies for addressing your issues.Based on cognitive behavioural theory, this book will help you in all the key areas of your life: from your personal life to relationships and work.
Gwendoline Smith is a clinical psychologist, speaker, blogger and the author of the books The Book of Knowing, Depression Explained and Sharing the Load. She also goes by the name Dr Know. Born and raised in Chatham, Kent, she now lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
Smith's book, based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), provides a language to articulate things that can feel hard to express - compulsive unwanted thoughts, for instance, are called 'thought viruses'. Her table of worries, where she estimates that only 8 per cent of our worries are 'real' worries and only half of those can we actually do anything about, is intriguing. The message is not to stop thinking about the things that matter, but to stop thinking about the 96 per cent of things that don't and that we cannot do anything about. Smith's thoughts on the roots of overthinking resonate deeply with me. In particular the impact of 'role modelling' - whereby a child mimics the behaviour of their parent - prompts me to realise that my ruminative nature is, if not inevitable, then extremely likely, as I grew up in a family of overthinkers.
Sunday Times - Pandora Sykes
The Book of Overthinking . . . is guaranteed to help anyone whose life is being negatively impacted by worry.
MiNDFOOD - MiNDFOOD
full of techniques to help you get out of the downward spiral worry can take you on [...] this book could really help readers develop confidence in their ability to work through those worrisome moments that present in our lives.
New Zealand Mental Health Foundation - Kim Higginson