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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Tamar Chansky

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Chapter 1

YOUR MIND UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

Our genetic preparation to learn about ancestral dangers can get us into trouble, as when it causes us to develop fears of things that are not particularly dangerous in our world.

—JOSEPH LEDOUX, THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN

Image Poised to pitch your new idea for a reality television program, you go into the team meeting stoked and ready. A few minutes into the presentation one of the executives picks up his cell phone and returns a text, another mumbles something to the person next to her. Suddenly you’re panicked and experiencing high-voltage anxiety. You can’t help thinking: They’re bored. They hate it—they hate me—what ...

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