44. Anxiety Happens with John Forsyth

Worry and anxiety happens to everyone. However, when anxiety controls your life, it pulls you away from things that you care about. In this episode, Diana interviews Dr. John Forsyth about his new book Anxiety Happens: 52 Ways To Find Peace of Mind. Dr. Forsyth shares why he was drawn to researching and applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety. He discusses the role of avoidance in anxiety, concrete strategies to respond to anxious thoughts and how to “drop the rope” in the tug of war with worry. 

About John Forsyth

John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and practices that cultivate mindfulness, loving-kindness (Metta), and compassion. For over 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT and mindfulness practices to alleviate human suffering, awaken the human spirit, and to nurture psychological health and vitality.  

He has written several popular ACT books, including, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (for mental health professionals), and four self-help books for the public:  The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for AnxietyACT on Life, Not on AngerYour Life on Purpose and the new book out that we will talk about today Anxiety Happens: 52 Ways To Find Peace of Mind.

Dr. Forsyth holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Professor of Psychology and Director the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, SUNY in Upstate New York. He is also widely sought after ACT trainer and consultant and serves as a senior editor of the ACT book series with New Harbinger Publications.


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