“Unlearning Anxiety and Depression” by Dr. Joseph Luciani
Dr. JosephLuciani has been a practicing clinical psychologist for more than 40 years. He’s the internationally bestselling author of the Self-Coaching series of books, now published in 10 languages. His latest book is, Unlearning Anxiety & Depression: The 4-Step Self-Coaching Program to Reclaim Your Life (Goodman Beck, April 28, 2020). He appears frequently on national TV, radio and online, and has been featured in numerous national media sites.
Unlearning Anxiety and Depression is both an informative and entertaining journey into our minds. By assuring us that anxiety and depression are problems which our entire body experiences, biochemical, neurological and emotional, his gives us advice and hope in overcoming these unhealthy and degenerative emotions. I was especially impressed by the science he introduces us to concerning the chemicals that our brains produce when under stress and learning new habits we can maintain a healthy emotional balance that will restore the balance of valuable brain chemicals depleted by stress. Hence, eliminating toxic thinking. The concept of building self-trust muscles is refreshing, and that we can abandon bad habits that cause our bodies damage is enlightening. Concepts that as we learn new things, our brain structure actually physically changes. Luciani provides this information in new and refreshing ways, laying a path for even a layman to tread, especially by suggesting that self-coaching is, in itself, a science: a motivational science that works alongside biological and psychological sciences.
Everyone has heard that we are capable of replacing old destructive habits with healthier ones. In his book Unlearning Anxiety and Depression, Luciani offers an enjoyable read with interesting, professionally written but personal accounts to illustrate his points. I like that he suggests we coach ourselves the same way a football coach would coach us. His method of understanding the psychological has broken away from other schools of thought. It is innovative and alive.
His book is full of encouragement. He challenges the theory that simply knowing where past worries (supportive therapy) come from will help heal those problems, but his experience has proven otherwise. It’s a good place to begin but more is needed. There must be self-coaching to put a halt to old patterns
And that self-coaching is available to anyone. You don’t need a PHD and this user-friendly book will help us view our struggles as habits, learn what feeds the habit, and learn to break away from those habits. He gives us exercises that can restructure our brains.
While covering specific causes of anxiety, such as insecurities and control, Luciani offers several self-tests to take to discover your insecurities. After discussing our weaknesses, our insecurities and behaviors, he demystifies it all by showing us how we can change our ways of thinking and become stronger, healthier human beings.
This book is beautifully written, well researched and has a naturalness in the voice that makes the entire study enjoyable. I couldn’t help but do a little self-assessment while reading it.
Written by D.L. Gardner, posted by Nicole Killian